A Russian rocket blasts off carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft, which is due to reach Mars in October.
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Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.The unmanned ExoMars probe – a collaboration between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos – took off Monday aboard a Russian rocket and is expected to reach Mars in October.TGO will analyze Mars' methane in more detail than any previous mission, said ESA, in order to try to determine its likely origin.Landing a spacecraft on Mars is notoriously difficult and several attempts in the past have failed, including ESA's Beagle 2 probe that was part of the Mars Express mission in 2003 .ExoMars, which cost the European Space Agency alone 1.3 billion euros ($1.44 billion), is the first interplanetary mission jointly undertaken by ESA and Roscomsos.
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