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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. This particular hump day saw news that the Department of Justice and the FBI have brought down a trio of websites that dealt in pirated Android apps, while a picture of a mini dock USB cable for the iPhone 5 surfaced as well. Microsoft announced a number of things related to the Xbox 360 today, kicking off a search for people to beta test its new dashboard update, permanently dropping the price of the Kinect by $40, and announcing Xbox 360 Essentials packs, which come packed with accessories to accommodate Xbox 360 owners.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 20, 2012

A new week has begun, and as such we have a new round of news to recap in the Evening Wrap-up. Today it was revealed that Apple has become the most valuable public company in history which, while pretty monumental, wasn't entirely unexpected. The jury for the Apple vs. Samsung patent suit is set to begin deliberation tomorrow, but before they do, Apple and Samsung's CEOs will be conversing over the phone, despite the fact that settlement talks between the two companies apparently didn't go anywhere.

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NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

With the excitement surrounding Curiosity starting to recede a little, NASA has announced that it has selected a new Discovery mission for 2016. Named InSight, this new mission will look to give us a better understanding of the formation of terrestrial planets by cracking the surface of Mars. Two of the things NASA scientists hope to discover through InSight is whether Mars has a solid or liquid core, and why it doesn't have tectonic plates like we have here on Earth.

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Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover got its first chance to fire its ChemCam laser at a rock laying about 2.5 m away from the rover. The rock Curiosity used it to laser on is about 7 cm wide, roughly the size of a tennis ball and has been dubbed Coronation rock. The powerful laser burst from Curiosity vaporized the surface of the rock revealing details of the rocks basic chemistry.

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NASA’s Curiosity is biggest Mars mission yet (in more ways than one)

NASA’s Curiosity is biggest Mars mission yet (in more ways than one)

Safely landed on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover dwarfs its robot predecessors by a factor of 2:1, though we'll need to wait for it to take off its lenscap before we get a proper look at the Martian surface. Measuring 3m long, the six-wheeled Curiosity is double the size of the previous Exploration rovers and uses its heft to carry fifteen times heftier instruments with which it will check for evidence of life on the red planet.

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First Mars photos projected back from Curiosity Rover

First Mars photos projected back from Curiosity Rover

Less than an hour ago, NASA accomplished a new feat of engineering supremacy with the landing of the Curiosity Rover to the surface of Mars - and the first photos from that craft have been sent back to Earth already. As it was revealed about and around the landing sequence for this craft, the delay between the tech on the planet now and us here at home on Earth is about 14 minutes. What we're seeing now are photos taken from the Curiosity River and projected back to our planet in less than a half hour - fresh as we've ever seen them!

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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity makes a perfect landing

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity makes a perfect landing

Over the past few weeks we've been watching NASA's work with their newest Mars Rover to make its way to the red planet. Three hundred and fifty million miles away from Earth, Curiosity landed on the planet after having worked through the sequence outlined by the group over the past few weeks. This mission was launched on the 26th of November, 2011, and has make its landing here on the 5th of August, 2012 with flying colors.

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NASA Curiosity Mars landing live video feed live in last half-hour

NASA Curiosity Mars landing live video feed live in last half-hour

Over the past few weeks we've been prepping for the big day - today - when NASA releases the Curiosity Mars Rover to the red planet with live feeds from all directions. If you're currently tuning in, you'll want to head over to http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl and watch live and direct from NASA. Once you've watched the whole set of events, head back to SlashGear to see our full report on the landing.

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