Second stage of European-Russian mission to Mars delayed until 2020: Roscosmos

Reuters News
Posted: May 02, 2016 6:46 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The second stage of a joint European-Russian mission to search for signs of life on Mars will be delayed from 2018 to 2020, Russian news agencies reported on Monday, citing a statement from Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The statement said Roscosmos and the European Space Agency had taken the decision to delay the second stage of the ExoMars mission partly because of delays by European and Russian industrial contractors.

In March, Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan as part of the ExoMars program.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Alison Williams)