June 4, 2019

Events archive

December 2022: end of TGO mission.


19 March 2021: Arrival and landing of composite (Russian surface platform and European rover).


25 July-8 August 2020: Launch of ExoMars 2020 mission by Proton from Baikonur. Arrival at Mars scheduled for 2021.


9 November 2018: Oxia Planum selected as landing site for ExoMars 2020 mission.


March 2018: TGO starts sending back data to Earth for NASA’s Mars probes.


19 October 2016: TGO captured into Mars orbit and landing attempt by Schiaparelli module.


14 March 2016: Launch of ExoMars 2016 mission by Proton from Baikonur Cosmodrome.


September 2014: ExoMars-2018 System Preliminary Design Review (PDR) as part of ESA - Roscosmos partnership.


End of 2013: System Critical Definition Review (CDR) of ExoMars 2016 EDM.


December 2011: NASA withdraws from ExoMars programme and ESA partners with Roscosmos.


December 2010: Choice of payload instruments for the lander.


July 2010: Choice of payload instruments for the satellite, called Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).


December 2009: ESA Council ratifies redefinition of ExoMars mission and partnership with NASA.


October 2009: ESA and NASA establish a joint Mars exploration initiative.

The ExoMars Mission is redefined. The decision, taken at an ESA Council meeting, foresees a Mars Orbiter with a small stationary lander, to launch in 2016, and a landing, by NASA, of a European rover on Mars with a second mission in 2018.


April 2009: Payload Confirmation Review 2 (PCR2). Selection of instruments on basis of results of PDRs.


November 2008: ExoMars System Review, Preliminary Design Review (PDR, agency level)


January-March 2007: Payload Confirmation Review (PCR), initial selection of instruments.


December 2005: Go-ahead for ExoMars project at ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Berlin.


November 2001: Go-ahead for Aurora programme to lay groundwork for robotic and crewed exploration of the solar system (ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Edinburgh).


October 1999: Publication of ESA report on “Exobiology in the Solar System & The Search for Life on Mars”.