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ESA says NASA expects strong support after Mars mission suspended due to Ukraine war



The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday it expected strong support from its US counterpart NASA after the European agency’s plans to collaborate with Russia on a Mars research mission were suspended due to the Ukraine war.

ESA said in March that it was suspending cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency on its joint ExoMars rover mission to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars in the wake of the Ukraine war and Moscow-imposed sanctions.

ESA said in June it had held talks with Roscosmos but gave no indication of an outcome.

“Administrator Bill Nelson has given us a clear message: NASA wants to help Europe in this situation,” ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher told reporters at a news conference at the ILA Berlin Air Show trade fair.

He said ESA talks with NASA on possible support would be finalized in the coming weeks.

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