This space program to drill the Martian soil, initially scheduled for 2020, had already had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and technical difficulties.
In January, the ESA announced that its Rosalind Franklin robot was
ready for takeoff in September 2022 to the red planet, where it should be deposited with the Russian lander Kazatchok.
sanctions and the broader context make a 2022 launch highly unlikelywrote the space agency in a statement issued following a meeting on Monday.
The ESA specifies
fully implement the sanctions imposed on Russia by its 22 Member States (Ukraine is not one of them).
We deplore the loss of life and the tragic consequences of the war in Ukraine. We give absolute priority to making appropriate decisions, not only for the benefit of our staff involved in the programmes, but in full respect of our European valuescontinues the intergovernmental organization founded in 1975.
takes note of the decision by the Russian space agency Roscosmos to suspend Soyuz launches from the European space base in Kourou, French Guiana, and goes
assess the consequences for the two satellite launches of the Galileo navigation constellation planned for 2022 with the Russian launcher.