Isle of Man firm makes parts for Mars Curiosity Rover

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Parts of the Curiosity Rover robot that is investigating Mars were manufactured on the Isle of Man.

The vehicle was sent to the Red Planet to try to understand whether it could ever have supported life.

Optics on the vehicle were made by IDEX Optics & Photonics, who are based in Onchan. The optics contribute to the beam steering that will search the surface of Mars for previous traces of life.

The firm's Dr. Helmut Kessler said: "I hope traces of life are discovered, it's exciting for everyone here to think that we have made a contribution in what could be a milestone in science."

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