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Stevenage doubles for Mars as new rover tests in Hertfordshire

UK's Mars Rover being put through its paces Photo: ITV Anglia

A warehouse in Hertfordshire has taken on an other-worldly look as it becomes the testing range for the next Mars rover.

As NASA prepares for the Curiosity Lander, to touch down on Mars on Monday, scientists at Astrium in Stevenage are already testing their own Mars rover for the next Mars mission.

Called 'Bruno', the €1bn European ExoMars programme is due to launch in 2018.

'Bruno' is designed to find out whether life could have existed on the red planet by drilling deep into the ground to look for signs of life in the past.

All eyes here at Astrium will be watching on Monday when NASA's Curiosity Rover is due to land and beam back data. Astrium's Mars Express, which delivered the Curiosity Lander is in orbit and will be on hand to help.

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