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NASA Tests Life-Detecting Mars Rover Tech in Brutal Chilean Desert

The Atacama Desert in Chile offers an unparalleled approximation of the conditions on Mars — which also makes it a good place to practice looking for life on the Red Planet.

Published On 03/16/2017
9:00 AM EDT
The rover in its mobile configuration with drill raised and visible at the front, arm stowed, and instruments closed. Credit: NASA/CampoAlto/V. Robles
Members of the ARADS team – NASA's Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies project – start the day setting up the rover for test runs in Chile's Atacama Desert. Credit: NASA/CampoAlto/V. Robles