TURIN – The control center of the Exomars 2020 mission was inaugurated in Turin, organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Roscosmos. It is from here that the movements of the rover will be controlled which, with an Italian drill, will have to pierce the ground of Mars up to two meters deep in search of traces. F nter caption onte: Thales Alenia Spacedi past life.
Called Rover Operations and Control Center (Rocc), the center is located in the Altec facilities, the company born from the collaboration between Thales Alenia Space and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Also present at the inauguration ceremony were the mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, in addition to the leaders of Altec, Thales Alenia Space, Esa.
“This is a strategic place on Earth, from which we will listen to the tools of the rover, we will see what Rosalind sees and we will send commands to look for obvious traces of life above and below the surface,” said Esa general manager Jan Wörner. The Rocc Center is also strategic for Italy: “it is the first step to nominate the structure for future missions for the study of Mars, but also for other celestial bodies”, said the president of ASI Giorgio Saccoccia.
The ExoMars 2020 mission foresees the launch, in July 2020, of a Descent Module on whose Landing Platform will be housed a Rover called Rosalind, in honor of the chemist Rosalind Franklin who discovered the DNA structure with James Watson and Francis Crick. The auger with which he will search for traces of life was built in Italy, in Leonardo’s Nerviano facilities.