¶ExoMars delayed until late 2022. Due to a series of failed high-altitude drop tests on the 15 m supersonic and 35 m subsonic parachutes, issues with descent module electronics, and the spread of COVID-19, ESA and Roscosmos’s ExoMars mission has been delayed until 2022 when the next Mars launch window will open. JPL has been helping redesign the parachute release mechanisms (video), but tests were delayed until late this month (and presumably would now have been delayed further). ExoMars, carrying the Rosalind Franklin rover, focuses on searching for evidence of ancient life on Mars. The rover carries cameras, spectrometers, ground-penetrating radar, microscopes, a drill that can dig up to 2 m into the ground, and an instrument to look for organic molecules. While disappointing, we’d rather have a successful landing than a botched one, and spacing out Perseverance and the Rosalind Franklin rover may have some benefits as well.