ESA will fund ExoMars 2020
Europe's ExoMars mission will live on despite Schiaparelli's mishap. At a meeting in Switzerland, ESA member countries have agreed to set aside $464 million to make ExoMars 2020 a reality. That's the second part of the mission that arrived on Mars this year, and it aims to land a rover on the red planet in 2021 to drill into the Martian surface and extract samples.
The agency has loads of work ahead, especially since Schiaparelli was designed to demonstrate and test out the rover's landing system. As you know, it unfortunately crashed before touching down and even went missing for a while. Jan Worner, ESA's director general, says he's very confident his team can do it. "We need to work hard because it's not only some rover, we have the payloads from different sources -- all of this has to pack together. It's not an easy thing, but we are confident that we will succeed."
According to TechCrunch, $362 million will come from both ESA and its mission partner Roscosmos, but the European agency has to provide the remaining amount. As a result, ESA had to cancel one of its projects: the Asteroid Impact Mission, which was supposed to slam probes against an asteroid to see what would happen.