Chapter 12. Putting Together an Exobiology Mission: The ExoMars Example

  1. Dr. Gerda Horneck and
  2. Dr. Petra Rettberg
  1. Jorge L. Vago and
  2. Gerhard Kminek

Published Online: 7 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618996.ch12

Complete Course in Astrobiology

Complete Course in Astrobiology

How to Cite

Vago, J. L. and Kminek, G. (2007) Putting Together an Exobiology Mission: The ExoMars Example, in Complete Course in Astrobiology (eds G. Horneck and P. Rettberg), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618996.ch12

Editor Information

  1. DLR, Inst. of Aerospace Medicine, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 23 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527406609

Online ISBN: 9783527618996



  • astrobiology;
  • ExoMars example;
  • ExoMars mission;
  • searching for life;
  • ESA;
  • ELIPS program of ESA;
  • ExoMars science objectives;
  • ExoMars science strategy;
  • ExoMars mission description


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background of the ExoMars Mission

    • Searching for Life on Mars

    • Exobiology Research at ESA

      • The ESA Exobiology Science Team Study

      • The 1999 Exobiology Announcement of Opportunity

    • The AURORA and the ELIPS Program of ESA

      • The 2003 Pasteur Call for Ideas

      • Approval of the ExoMars Mission

  • ExoMars Science Objectives

    • Searching for Signs of Life

      • Extinct Life

      • Extant Life

      • Search for Life: Conclusions

    • Hazards for Human Operations on Mars

    • Geophysics Measurements

  • ExoMars Science Strategy

  • ExoMars Mission Description

    • The ExoMars Rover

  • Outlook and Conclusions

  • Further Reading

    • Books and Articles in Books

    • Articles in Journals

  • Questions for Students