After the cold and silent journey to Mars the ExoMars program is about to land the Schiaparelli module on the desolate surface. With about 7 months of travel from Earth, the Red Planet is still the most attractive planet for space exploration. And it might as well be our first step to colonizing the galaxy. The mission of ExoMars: to determine if life has ever existed on Mars.
Left image: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli during vibration testing. Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015
Right image: ExoMars 2016: Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab