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British-made rover to drill for life on Mars

An engineer working on a British-built rover which will be sent to Mars in the second part of a project to search for life has told ITV News it will be able to drill further than has ever been drilled outside of planet Earth. Significantly the drill will be two-metres long.

"We believe two metres down, that radiation can't actually reach, so the conditions for life are far more favourable," said Kat Styles, an engineer on the Mars Rover project.

The first part of ExoMars project was launched today, with a Russian rocket taking off to send an orbiter space craft to the Red Planet to monitor its atmosphere for evidence of life.

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