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The sun set on a week of trials for the ExoMars rover prototype named Charlie (in the foreground). The first of two field trials for the mission, known as ExoFiT, took place in the Tabernas desert in Spain between 13-26 October.

A group of scientists and engineers in Leicester has recommended Oxia Planum as the best landing site for the British-built Mars rover.

While the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has settled into a nominal orbit, the fate of the Schiaparelli lander seems sealed, with the Red Planet claiming another victim.

The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA's ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the following visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander module entering and descending through the Martian atmosphere to land on Mars.

ExoMars Observes Mars

ExoMars captured its first images of Mars this week as part of its preparations for arriving at the Red Planet in October.

On 14 March 2016, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the jointly-developed ExoMars 2016 interplanetary mission

A Russian Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan launched the ExoMars mission in the early hours today.

Encapsulating ExoMars For Launch

With less than two weeks until the launch of ExoMars 2016, preparations are proceeding well and the spacecraft composite has now been encapsulated within the launcher fairing at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Video: Launching ExoMars 2016 To Mars

This animation visualises milestones during the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission and its cruise to Mars.

On 14 March, the launch window opens for ExoMars 2016, ESA's next mission to Mars, composed of the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli.

The two ExoMars spacecraft of the 2016 mission are being prepared for shipping to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ahead of their launch in March.

Oxia Planum has been recommended as the primary candidate for the landing site of the ExoMars 2018 mission.

Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.

Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, has just completed the production of the two heat shields for the first European ExoMars mission in 2016.

ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions

ESA and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, have signed a formal agreement to work in partnership on the ExoMars programme towards the launch of two missions in 2016 and 2018.

Hacking Curiosity: Adding an aftermarket sample collection capability to the Mars Science Lab, Doug Mohney

"NASA's withdrawal from a joint ExoMars 2016/2018 mission has left the planetary science community grieving the at loss of the first step in a sample return mission: collection of samples. However, there's a $2.5 billion rover with a mechanical arm and plenty of power scheduled to land on Mars in August. Can the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Curiosity be fitted with a couple of "aftermarket" sample collection racks once it completes its primary mission of one Martian year? The author believes there is the potential to do so."

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