Video: ExoMars Rover Goes for a Test Drive

Europe's Mars rover tests its depth perception and stereoscopic vision driving around a quarry.

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I don't think we're on Mars yet, TotoBBC

Any Mars rover worth its wheels must prove itself capable of navigating safely on Earth, never mind millions of miles away on the red planet. British scientists took a prototype of Europe's ExoMars rover out for a spin around a quarry in Southern England last week.

The rover design by EADS Astrium has two front-mounted navigation cameras and four cameras at each corner to avoid close scrapes. A pair of scientific cameras also provides stereoscopic vision and depth perception, and lends the rover a bit of a WALL-E or Short Circuit appearance. Check out the robot's wanderings below:

[BBC via DVICE]