NASA mission drills hole on Mars as the first step of a sampling process that is expected to take about 11 days, with the aim of looking for signs of ancient microbial life that may have been preserved in ancient lakebed deposits.
The US space agency on Friday showed off its Mars 2020 rover, whose official name will be chosen early next year.
The announcement gives a boost to Britain's automotive sector hit this year by Honda and Ford's plans to close factories.
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