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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 6, 2012

Welcome to Thursday everyone. Today Amazon held its highly anticipated Kindle Fire event, marking our third press event in two days. Amazon didn't disappoint either, announcing a handful of new Kindle Fire tablets and the new Kindle Paperwhite. It was a very exciting event, and you can get a nice little recap of all of the news in our full Amazon Kindle event wrap-up. Be sure to check that out for all of our announcement and hands-on posts from the day.

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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 30, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. We had a lot of news coming out of Germany for the second day of our IFA 2012 trip, so let's jump in. We have a ton of hands-on posts to get through, but first, be sure to have a look at our Dell IFA 2012 Wrap-Up for all of the details on what the company announced and what it let us see. Moving on, today was a big opportunity to get some hands-on time with a bunch of different devices announced at IFA today and yesterday, and of course we took full advantage of it.

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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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Robots may one day head into Mars underground

Robots may one day head into Mars underground

The NASA Curiosity rover is currently scouring the surface of Mars, looking for evidence that the planet could have one time supported life. While looking at the surface is currently the best we can do to find out more about the Red Planet, it may not be long before we have robots that can actually go underground to look for more clues there. Discovery News reports that recently discovered "skylights" - sinkholes which lead to caverns and inactive lava tubes beneath the surface of Mars - have scientists thinking of ways we can get down there and have a look around.

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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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