ExoMars mission – level 2

24-03-2016 07:00

People launched a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carried up two robotic probes which will travel to Mars. This is the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission.

If all goes to plan, the journey to Mars should take seven months – the probes will reach the planet in October. When they get close to the Red Planet, they will separate. One probe will land on Mars and the other will orbit around the planet.

It will collect information about the atmosphere. Scientists are especially interested in the methane gas there because this is a sign of life.

Difficult words: launch (to go up), probe (an unmanned spacecraft which collects information), separate (to go apart), orbit (to move in a circle).

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What do you think the probes will find on Mars?


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