The European Space Agency has approved a mission that will send microarrays on a life-detection mission to Mars in 2011, quelling any doubts that the technology wouldn't make it into space, according to an ESA spokesperson.

Pietro Baglioni, an ESA spokesperson, told BioArray News this week that the mission, called ExoMars, was approved during an ESA ministerial meeting in December, and that the project is now moving forward.

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