The European Space Agency ESA and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos have collaborated to launch a spacecraft to Mars.

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter was launched on Monday (14/3) from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on a Proton rocket.

Flights to Mars is expected to take seven months and the aircraft will arrive at the red planet in October after traveling 496 million kilometers.

ESA has said the purpose of the mission is to determine “whether Mars life” and therefore the mission will attempt to reveal the source of the mystery of methane on Mars.

Traces of methane, a gas made up of carbon and hydrogen, has been noted in previous Mars missions.

Methane is created primarily by microbes living on earth and produced abundant in the swamps, landfills and other places. Methane is also produced from the deep underground that produce fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

Source : VOA