European-Russian spacecraft blasts off in search of life on Mars

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 14, 2016 5:42 AM

(Reuters) - Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft in a joint mission on Monday to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans a step closer to flying to the red planet themselves.

The craft, part of the ExoMars program, blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on board a Proton rocket at 5:31 A.M. EDT (0931 GMT) on Monday, starting a seven-month journey through space.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)