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Photos: Europe's ExoMars Missions to Mars in Pictures

EXOMARS 2016 Spacecraft Encapsulated

B. Bethge/ESA

ExoMars 2016 spacecraft composite is tilted for encapsulation within the launcher fairing.

EXOMARS 2016 Spacecraft Encapsulated

B. Bethge/ESA

ExoMars 2016 spacecraft composite is ready for encapsulation within the launcher fairing.

EXOMARS 2016 Spacecraft Encapsulated

B. Bethge/ESA

ExoMars 2016 spacecraft composite is almost completely encapsulated within the launcher fairing.

ExoMars Rover Landing Site Candidates

ESA/Roscosmos/LSSWG

The European Space Agency has selected four possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission. The sites, Mawrth Vallis, Oxia Planum, Hypanis Vallis and Aram Dorsum, appear on this context map. All four lie close to the equator. Image released October 1, 2014.

ExoMars Candidate Landing Site Mawrth Vallis

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin & NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

The European Space Agency selected Mawrth Vallis as one of four candidate landing sites under consideration for the ExoMars 2018 mission. The site represents one of the oldest outflow channels on Mars, having existed at least 3.8 billion years. Image released October 1, 2014.

ExoMars Candidate Landing Site Oxia Planum

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin & NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

The European Space Agency selected Oxia Planum as one of four candidate landing sites under consideration for the ExoMars 2018 mission. The site offers one of Mars' largest exposures of ancient clay-rich rocks, approximately 3.8 billion years old. Image released October 1, 2014.

ExoMars Candidate Landing Site Hypanis Vallis

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin & NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

The European Space Agency selected Hypanis Vallis as one of four candidate landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission. The site perches on an exhumed fluvial fan, perhaps the remnant of an ancient river delta at the end of a major valley network. Image released October 1, 2014.

ExoMars Candidate Landing Site Aram Dorsum

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin & NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

The European Space Agency selected Aram Dorsum as one of four candidate landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission. The site derived its name from the Aram Dorsum channel, curving from northeast to west across the location. Image released October 1, 2014.

ExoMars 2016 Mission: Trace Gas Orbiter and EDM Lander

ESA

Artist's concept of the NASA/ESA ExoMars 2016 spacecraft in flight. It consists of the Trace Gas Orbiter and a lander called the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM).

Trace Gas Orbiter

ESA

The Trace Gas Orbiter mission will attempt to gain a better understanding of methane and other atmospheric gases that are present in small concentrations.

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