14 March 2016

Europe and Russia are about to launch a joint mission to the Red Planet

A Proton rocket is going to hurl a satellite to Mars to investigate whether the methane in its atmosphere is coming from a geological source or is being produced by microbes.

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is primed to lift off from the famous Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 15:31 local time (09:31 GMT) on Monday

It will take the carrier rocket more than 10 hours to put the satellite on the right trajectory to go to Mars.