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Life-seeking space probe blasts off for Mars

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After the probe lands, the orbiter will continue to analyze the Martian atmosphere. Image Credit: ESA
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) successfully launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan this morning.
The first of two ExoMars missions, the probe will arrive in orbit around the Red Planet in October where its lander, Schiaparelli, will detach and head down to the Martian surface.
The main goal of the mission will be to detect and analyze traces of methane in the planet’s atmosphere, a gas that could indicate the presence of microbial life.
– See more at: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/292514/life-seeking-space-probe-blasts-off-for-mars#sthash.Tc8jmkDi.dpuf