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ExoMars orbiter deploying the descent module on approach to Mars, artwork. The ExoMars orbiter will then enter an orbit around the planet. The orbiter is a key component of a mission by ESA's Aurora programme, to study the biological environment of the planet. Within the descent module will be the Exomars rover, ESA's field biologist on Mars. The mission is scheduled for launch in 2011, arriving at the planet's surface in June 2013.
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