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Simulated Mission in Chilean Desert Shows How a Rover Could Detect Life on Mars

By using the barren Atacama Desert in Chile as a stand-in for Mars, researchers have shown that it’s possible to use an autonomous rover-mounted drill to detect life beneath a desolate surface. Encouragingly, the test resulted in the discovery of a resilient microorganism – exactly the kind of creature that could lurk deep beneath the Martian surface. Read More >>

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New XPrize Encourages Robotic Ocean Exploration

We know surprisingly little about our oceans. To help with this glaring blind spot, the XPrize has announced a new $7/£4.6 million contest to foster innovations in ocean exploration technology. Read More >>