NASA and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise have sent a supercomputer into space that they hope to use on future missions to the Red Planet.
The Spaceborne Computer was launched aboard a Space X Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared a video of the Falcon 9 rocket taking off and landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Dragon landed at the International Space Station today – when crew members used the station’s 57.7ft robotic arm to reach out and grab the spacecraft.
Space boffins are hoping the computer will work in the harsh conditions of space for one year – the amount of time it would take humans to travel to Mars.
This will be vital for manned missions to Mars as the distance between the two planets means it will take up to 20 minutes for communications to reach Earth.
“The mission to Mars is the next opportunity to propel technological innovation into the next frontier”
HP’s supercomputer has been “ruggedised” to withstand radiation, solar flares, subatomic particles, micrometeoroids, unstable electrical power and irregular cooling.