March 12, 2020 / 12:09 PM / in a month

Russian-European mission to Mars postponed until 2022 over coronavirus - Roscosmos

MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) - Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and the European Space Agency have decided to postpone the launch of a joint research mission to Mars until autumn 2022 because of the situation around coronavirus in Europe, Roscosmos said on Thursday.

“...The parties had to recognise that the final phase of ExoMars activities are compromised by the general aggravation of the epidemiological situation in European countries,” the Russian agency said in a statement. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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