ExoMars Gets A New Playground

ExoMars Gets A New Playground

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The ESA has a mission to put a rover on Mars in 2018. Named ExoMars the rover’s mission will be to determine if life ever existed on the planet. It will do this by drilling into the ground for samples and testing the atmosphere. One aspect of this mission is that the rover will be able to navigate itself and drive about 70 metres a day on its own. To help in this the rover has received a 30 x 13m Martian mock surface to navigate. The playground contains 300 tonnes of sand and is coloured reddy-brown to simulate the surface of Mars. The new martian sandbox is in the UK.

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