Russia has been formally asked to join European space missions to mars in the years of 2016-2018. Involving the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) is the only way to ensure the financial stability of the project. The mission will send a satellite and robot rover to the planet. Both the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA acknowledge that diplomatic work will be needed to get Roscosmos on boardIn return for helping with the project, Russian scientists hope to be included on the scientific experiments and discoveries that would be made during the mission. Making changes to the already established line of command, however, could anger other European states. The agencies have given themselves until January to determine if a compromise can be met that would include Russian scientists in the project.