ESA’s begins preparations for 2018 Mars mission

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Planet Mars. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Planet Mars. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org

LONDON, 10Oct2013 (PNA/PTI) – The Mars-bound rover of the European Space Agency (ESA) has begun exploring the sands of Chile’s Atacama Desert to prepare for its 2018 mission to search for signs of life on the Red planet.

With little moisture and no vegetation, the rock-covered Atacama Desert does a great job of mimicking Mars.

The team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to produce an aerial map, ESA said. (PNA/PTI)

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