Curiosity – the rover being directed by scientists including Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester, may have found evidence of life.
An image has been released by NASA, who now believe, after analysing rock samples, that Mars could have once supported living microbes.
Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester is one of two UK participating scientists on the mission.
Singer-songwriter Will.i.am has made interplanetary history in the first ever planet-to-planet music broadcast.
The Curiosity rover which landed on the surface of Mars on Monday has beamed back its first images of the Red Planet.
A scientist from the University of Leicester has led a $2.5 billion mission to land a spacecraft on Mars.