December 9, 2022

Marvel at Monday’s Mars launch with these photos

Take a look back at the fiery blastoff of a Russian Proton rocket Monday with the ExoMars 2016 mission to examine the red planet’s atmosphere and test new European entry, descent and landing technologies.

The 191-foot-tall (58-meter) rocket took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0931:42 GMT (5:31:42 a.m. EDT) Monday with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander.

Nearly 11 hours later, the rocket’s Breeze M upper stage deployed the ExoMars orbiter on a trajectory toward Mars after a series of maneuvers to build up enough energy to escape Earth’s gravity.

The ExoMars mission will arrive at Mars on Oct. 19, making it the European Space Agency’s second probe to explore the red planet.

Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016
Photo credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

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