The ESA and Roscosmos ExoMars Mission Launch is at 10:31am CET, 4:31am ET. Watch the lift-off live online below.
The ExoMars mission launch is scheduled to take off not space Monday morning European time. The Joint effort of the Russian and European space agencies is to find out if there was life on Mars. The key focus is on understanding where the methane gas in the Mars atmosphere is coming from.
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A RosCosmos four-stage Proton-M/Breeze-M rocket will carry the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft into a trajectory to Mars from the launch pad 200 at cosmodrome, Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
The ExoMars spacecraft contains a Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli descent and landing demonstrator module. Shiaparelli is scheduled to land on Mars in October.
After the crucial launch of the Proton rocket carrying the ExoMars spacecraft, space fans can tune in again at 22:10 CET to find out if the spacecraft separation, solar array deployment and first acquisition of signal are successful.
The live online video broadcast of the ExoMars mission will begin at 9:30am CET, 4:30am ET. The Proton Rocket lift-off is scheduled for 10:31am CET, 5:31am ET.
Watch the live online video coverage of the ExoMars mission below.
We will provide life updates of the ExoMars mission in this report as the launch goes underway.
10:31am The Rocket successfully took off! ExoMars is on its way into space. See the launch photos in the gallery.
10:25:am ExoMars is now on internal power, drawing electricity from its batteries until ca. 12 hrs after launch.
9:45am CET: ESA is passing the time until take-off with speeches talking about the Mars mission. It took ESA about 15 years to get ExoMars on the way.
9:40am CET: The ExoMars rocket is one of the heaviest rockets on Earth.
9:30am CET: The live video coverage of the ExoMars mission has started. Rocket launch is in 1 hour.
9:25am CET: The service gantry tower has started to roll back away from the rocket. Launch is on track.
7:30am CET: Proton launcher has been fueled.
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The ExoMars program comprises two missions. The first launches in 2016 and consists of the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module (EDM, also known as Schiaparelli). The second launch is planned for 2018 and will include two elements on the surface of Mars, namely a rover and a fixed science platform. TGO will also act as a communications relay for the 2018 rover.