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  1. ExoMars 2020- Oxia Planum selected as landing site

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    November 20, 2018

    Oxia Planum will be the landing site for the ExoMars 2020 mission—the second mission in the ExoMars programme, led by ESA in cooperation with Roscosmos. The site was recommended by an international consortium headed by the LGL-TPE Earth, planets and environment geology laboratory in Lyon (Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University/Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon/CNRS) in close partnership with the IAS space astrophysics institute (CNRS/Paris-Sud University). Oxia Planum was studied primarily using data collected by the OMEGA instrument, which was developed by IAS, the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory and CNES and is operating on Europe’s Mars Express orbiter. The ExoMars 2020 mission will be launched in July 2020 and will land on the Red Planet in March 2021.

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