Britain's Mars Rover Tested on Earth

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Europe plans to launch its own rover to Mars in 2018. Here we see the Britain-built "Bridget" driving around some hole in the ground that sort of looks like Mars.

As you'll hear in this clip, the rover is testing a new imaging system that promises to one-up that of the US-based rovers. Europe's system should send back highly detailed 3D maps of the surface that one scientist compared to Google street view.

These maps will be useful in everything from general topographical research to colonial planning to first-person shooters. [BBC News via DVICE]