The landing craft that will deliver Europe’s first rover to the planet Mars has arrived for assembly and testing in Turin, Italy and has been officially named.
A key component of the ExoMars 2020 mission, the Roscosmos landing platform has been christened “Kazachok” (Cossack) by the Russian space agency.
Scheduled to launch in July of next year, ExoMars 2020 is the second phase of the joint ESA/Roscosmos mission to the Red Planet. The first was the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) launched in 2016 that is currently in Martian orbit. The second phase will include two vehicles made up of the Kazachok landing platform and the Rosalind Franklin rover.