Roscosmos evaluates involving countries of the Persian Gulf or China in a mission to Mars

Russia claims to have the necessary technology to reach Mars with other allies outside Europe.

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The Russian space agency, Roscosmos , is considering involving the countries of the Persian Gulf or China in a mission to Mars  to replace Europe.

which suspended the launch of the joint mission Exomars , which aimed to search for biological or geological evidence of life on the planet. Red.

“I do not rule out the appearance of another partner instead of the Europeans. It could be the Persian Gulf or China instead of Europe for the implementation of the mission to Mars ,” Roscosmos director general Dmitri Rogozin said, according to the Interfax agency.

Suspension of European collaboration

On the 17th, the European Space Agency ( ESA ) announced the suspension of the launch of the Exomars mission due to the impossibility of cooperating with Roscosmos due to the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia -and the space industry- for the military offensive in Ukraine .

The ESA , which said it was “completely” aligned with the sanctions imposed on Russia by its member states after the start of the invasion of Ukraine , pointed out that it will evaluate the available options to implement the mission, for which the rover was going to be launched. (Scan Vehicle) in September.

Rogozin said then that the state corporation could carry out a mission to Mars by its own means, because Russia has the necessary technology, but today he specified that it is up to decide whether the agency can finance the project alone or needs investors.

Exomars was made up of two missions. The first was launched in 2016 and was made up of a satellite for the study of trace gases in the Martian atmosphere (TGO) and the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing module, which collided that same year with the surface of the planet due to an error. and caused the opening of his parachute before time.

The second, with the Rosalind Franklin rover, was initially postponed from 2018 to 2020 and then to 2022, since the worsening of the epidemiological situation in Europe prevented its experts from carrying out all the necessary tests.

The objective of the latter, thanks to its sophisticated apparatus, was to take and study samples of the Martian soil . It was scheduled to land in the Oxia Planum region, located north of the planet’s equator and which has thick, clayey sedimentary deposits. According to the ESA , these could correspond to lagoons or marine deposits. (EFE)