China or one of the countries in the Persian Gulf could become Russia’s partner in the Mars program

After the European Space Agency refused to cooperate with Russia under the ExoMars-2022 program, China or any country in the Persian Gulf could become a partner of our country in this direction. This was stated by the head of the state-owned company “Roscosmos” Dmitry Rogozin at a memorial event dedicated to the 54th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s death.

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“Myself, or with another partner, which is also discussed, <...> I do not rule out that instead of the Europeans we will have another partner, it could be the Persian Gulf or China “, – quotes the source of Mr Rogozin’s words. He also noted that Russia has the technology required for the independent implementation of the mission to Mars. The main issue is the ability to carry out this project on their own financially or will it require an investor. The head of state-owned company also noted that European colleagues are not allowed to return the Kazachok landing module, which is part of the ExoMars 2022 mission, to Russia. Technical experts are currently discussing this issue.

Recall that earlier this month, the European Space Agency announced that it was ending cooperation with Russia on the Mars program. Dmitry Rogozin later said that Russia could independently carry out a mission to Mars, even though it would take several years to prepare for it. To do this, domestic engineers must reproduce the landing module. It was also said that the rover would not be used in the new Russian mission, and the landing platform would play the role of a research station. As for the Proton-M rocket, which was planned to be used as part of the ExoMars-2022 mission, it will be launched into outer space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the interest of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, an ESA representative said that NASA could become a new partner for the agency in the Martian program, and the implementation of the mission would not be possible until 2026. The launch window, when it is convenient to fly from Earth to Mars, opens every two years. The launch of the ExoMars 2022 mission was scheduled to take place this year, although its implementation was initially scheduled to take place as early as 2018. The “Kazachok” landing platform was intended to deliver European rover Rosalind Franklin to the surface of the red planet.

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