ExoMars Rover named after Rosalind Franklin

ESA's ExoMars Rover
Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

News from Feb 07, 2019

ESA's ExoMars mission consists of two parts: the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), in orbit around Mars since 2016, and the ExoMars Rover, to be launched in 2020, that will search for life on our neighboring planet. From over 36 000 names suggested by all ESA member states, 'Rosalind Franklin' was chosen, the name of a British chemist who contributed to unravelling the double helix structure of our DNA. The planned landing site for the rover Rosalind Franklin is Oxia Planum, a former water-rich landscape near the Mars equator.