Mission to Mars.

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Swiss experts are involved in a new Mar's mission being considered by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Called Sky-Sailor, the project involves designing a solar-powered plane that would fly around the red planet.

The Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and its Zurich counterpart (ETH) are involved in the project, along with contributions from Swiss company, Ruag Aerospace, and aircraft expert Walter Engel.

If successful, the project will form part of ESA's international research programme, called Star Tiger.

One of the main aims of the craft would be to take detailed photographs of the surface of Mars, particularly areas where the Nasa rovers--Spirit and Opportunity--which are currently roaming the planet, could not reach.

The first challenge though, would be...

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