Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Alcatel Begins 'ExoMars' Design Phase

This SpaceRef.com story concerning Alcatel Alenia Space beginning the design of the ExoMars rover, is nothing more than a dressed-up press release.
But it's still cool news.

The ExoMars mission is an European Space Agency project designed to help pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. With a budget of about $13 million Euros, Alcatel ( a multi-billion dollar international conglomerate) will design a rover to perform exobiological experiments on the surface of Mars.

It's part of the ESA's program Aurora, a long term approach to developing a sustainable human presence in the Solar System, develop new technology and "inspire young people..."

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