Leicester Uni land on Mars

The University of Leicester is involved in a NASA project which has landed a spacecraft on Mars called Curiosity.

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More rover pictures from Leicester led Mars Curiosity

A self portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover Credit: NASA
Self portrait of the Curiosity rover Credit: NASA

Science rover Curiosity has sent back new pictures from Mars.

The £2.5 billion mission to land a spacecraft on Mars was led by Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester.

The six wheeled robot landed three days ago, and will undertake two years of scientific work, to try to find clues as to whether there could be life on the Red Planet.

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Barack Obama thanks NASA for Mars landing

The President of the United States has thanked NASA for landing a spacecraft on Mars.

The project has been led by scientist Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester.

"Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history. I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality."

– Barack Obama

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