The European Space Agency announced that its next mission to Mars will be delayed until 2022 due in part to the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement posted to its website, ESA, in conjunction with Russian space agency Roscosmos, said the second ExoMars mission, known as the Rosalind Franklin rover, needs additional testing.There are also concerns that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, could affect the availability of personnel needed to operate and maintain the rover.”We have made a difficult but well-weighed decision to postpone the launch to 2022,” said Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin in the statement. “It is driven primarily by the need to maximise the robustness of all ExoMars systems as well as force majeure circumstances related to exacerbation of the epidemiological situation in Europe which left our experts practically no possibility to proceed with travels to partner industries.”I am confident that the steps that we and our European colleagues are taking to ensure mission success will be justified and will unquestionably bring solely positive results for the mission implementation.” The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the typical state of Mars, seen here in May 2018, and what the planet looked like during a planet-encircling


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