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The Red Planet

This March, Horizon looks at some of the latest research on the fourth rock from the sun. Credit: Flickr/ mark justinecorea
This March, Horizon looks at some of the latest research on the fourth rock from the sun. Credit: Flickr/ mark justinecorea

As the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission begins its six-month journey to the planet, we talk to its director-general Professor Jan Woerner about drilling into the Martian surface and pose the crucial question: is there life on Mars? We also find out how scientists are recycling historic data to create a virtual reality simulation of the planet’s terrain, and explore some of the obstacles to a crewed Martian mission.