Penicuik scientist plays key role in ‘Curiosity’ Mars landing mission

Scientist Victoria Hipkin points out the Canadian instrument on board a replica of the Mars rover, Curiosity.

Scientist Victoria Hipkin points out the Canadian instrument on board a replica of the Mars rover, Curiosity.

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A SPACE scientist from Penicuik is helping unlock the mysteries of Mars in the latest landing mission.

Victoria Hipkin is a lead member of a Canadian team involved in NASA’s $2.5 billion mission to discover if there has ever been life on Mars.

All eyes turned to the Red Planet on Monday, when NASA landed a roving vehicle, Curiosity, at around 6.30am (UK time).

After a journey of almost 570 million km from Earth, it came to rest no more than 2km from dead centre of its touch-down target.

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