Successful ESO Launch Mission 0

The ExoMars 2016 mission launching on a proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 14, 2016. The trip will take seven months to complete.

The ExoMars 2016 mission launching on a proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 14, 2016. The trip will take seven months to complete.

The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched their ExoMars 2016 mission on March 14, to begin looking for life on Mars. The launch consisted of the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a satellite that would orbit Mars, looking for gasses in the Martian atmosphere that could be produced by microorganisms. The launch also contained the Schiaparelli lander, which will give the ESA and Roscosmos (Russian Space Agency) valuable information needed for landing on the Martian surface.