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VIDEO: Tim Peake drives ExoMars rover from space in pioneering experiment
Tim Peake has successfully taken control of a UK-based robot while orbiting the Earth from space in a pioneering experiment. The British astronaut began remotely driving the explorer this afternoon through a simulated Martian landscape - the first time such an experiment has been done in darkness. Working from aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Major Peake took control of the ExoMars rover, guiding it around the fake rocky landscape in the hangar at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. The ExoMars rover is slated for launch in 2018 and will take nine months to reach Mars, using parachutes to land safely on the surface.