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he European Space Agency says its flagship Mars mission will lose a major instrument package to contain costs.The Exomars venture will launch a rover to the Red Planet in 2016, to search for signs of past or present life.
The American space agency (Nasa) has its own money worries and is keen to share the cost of Mars exploration with Europe. Nasa is set to sign a "letter of intent" to this effect at a bilateral meeting in Plymouth, UK, on 30 June. This would mean all future Red Planet missions being badged Nasa/Esa projects.