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Awesome Curiosity landing video gets sound effects

Awesome Curiosity landing video gets sound effects

Back in late August NASA offered up a video to go along with the Curiosity Rover landing allowing us to watch the final phases of descent in full motion. That original video lacked any sound effects making it an eerily quiet plummet towards the surface of the red planet. A new video for the Mars Curiosity Rover descent has now turned up on YouTube.

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Curiosity Rover robotic arm tests are nearly complete

Curiosity Rover robotic arm tests are nearly complete

One of the most interesting NASA missions to Mars ever conducted saw a giant Rover dubbed Curiosity land on the surface of the red planet not long ago. So far, Curiosity has driven around the landscape a bit and conducted a few minor experiments and tests getting prepared for its main mission. The Curiosity team has been testing the rover's robotic arm to get ready for the first examination of Martian rock.

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Curiosity beams back high-res self portraits during 7ft robo-arm testing

Curiosity beams back high-res self portraits during 7ft robo-arm testing

NASA's Curiosity rover continues its exploration of Mars and the unfurling of its complex scientific equipment and robotic limbs, with new photos beamed back of the sensor-encrusted tech in action. This photo, and the second version including more of the Martian landscape after the cut, shows Curiosity's Mastcam - or one of the "eyes," at least - deployed, as the rover begins a 6-10 day test of the 7-foot limb. Meanwhile, Curiosity's football-pitch-long trundling so far has been caught on camera by an orbiter above Mars.

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Mars Curiosity rover breathes in the air around it

Mars Curiosity rover breathes in the air around it

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Mars for a month now, and it recently collected a sample of the air around it for the first time since landing on the surface of the Red Planet. Among its various other duties, one of Curiosity's goals is to study the air composition on Mars, and it does so by collecting air samples with its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument (Sam). Of course, NASA scientists already know what to expect when the sample results come back - carbon dioxide, and lots of it.

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Curiosity rover leaves Mars landing site for first time

Curiosity rover leaves Mars landing site for first time

The Curiosity rover has finally left its landing site on the surface of Mars, beginning a journey for science. The trek that lies ahead of the rover will last for weeks, and will eventually end at Glenelg, the first major spot NASA scientists want Curiosity to explore. Curiosity has already completely the first part of this 400 meter trip, driving 52 feet before stopping to look around.

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Curiosity will.i.am “Reach for the Stars” music playback goes off without a hitch

Curiosity will.i.am “Reach for the Stars” music playback goes off without a hitch

We mentioned earlier this week that rapper and Black Eyed Peas alum will.i.am had teamed up with NASA. The goal of the tie up was to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering, and math. As part of the team up between the rapper and NASA, will.i.am's latest single called "Reach for the Stars" was transmitted from the surface of Mars by the curiosity Rover to students and media at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Curiosity beams back new images from Mars

Curiosity beams back new images from Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover is already doing significant scientific research on the surface of Mars even though it's only been there a few weeks. In fact, NASA says that Curiosity is already returning more data from the surface of Mars than all other previous NASA rovers combined. NASA recently offered up some new images from Curiosity on the surface of Mars, including the telephoto image you see below.

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will.i.am to give Curiosity a Mars premiere of latest track

will.i.am to give Curiosity a Mars premiere of latest track

Rapper will.i.am is no stranger to musical stunts, but premiering his latest track on Mars courtesy of the Curiosity rover is perhaps the oddest so far. The outlandish artist will reveal his newest record, "Reach for the Stars," on Tuesday, August 28, NASA has confirmed, as part of an educational event discussing interplanetary transmissions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

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Curiosity Mars descent gets 1080p video

Curiosity Mars descent gets 1080p video

What you're about to see is a collection of photos taken by NASA and constructed into a video with extremely high definition by a fellow by the name of Daniel Luke Fitch. This guy is a visual effects producer for Altitude-FX that simply did what noone else took the time to do - took all the photographs that NASA's Mars mission had sent back at full resolution while it was landing and turned them into one massive video. The video runs at 15 frames per second, that being just about 3 times the speed of the actual landing according to the space between photos from NASA.

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Curiosity becomes First roving machine on Mars

Curiosity becomes First roving machine on Mars

This afternoon the folks responsible for the NASA mission at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California announced that they'd begun to move forward on wheels. The Curiosity rover landed less than a month ago on the planet, it being another of NASA's successful landings in what's expected to be a long line of Mars explorations. The rover was announced today to have rolled forward about 15 feet before rotating its wheels 120 degrees and advancing another 8 feet in a new direction.

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