Roskosmos, ESA to Cooperate on Mars Exploration

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AFP reports on the terms of a deal on Mars exploration signed this week by Roskosmos and ESA:

Under the deal, the ESA will use Russia’s Proton rocket as part of its Exomars project to send a robotic rover to the Mars surface and buy Russian parts for the rover’s power supply system.

The deal will also see Russia’s Phobos-Grunt project — to send a probe to Mars’ Phobos moon in October 2009 — use the ESA’s terrestrial communication facilities during its mission.

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