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Curiosity Checks In To Foursquare From Mars

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NASA’s Curiosity is a busy rover. There are observations to be made, samples to be collected, and data to be processed. But deep down, Curiosity isn’t that different from you and me. It may be a robotic rover the size of a Mini Cooper, but it still wants some of the same things we want. For instance, finding excuses to goof off with social media when it should be working. Yes, Curiosity has officially updated us all on its status by checking into Gale Crater on Foursquare.

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Curiosity Discovers An Ancient Martian Streambed

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One of the objectives for NASA’s Curiosity rover is to determine whether Mars ever could have supported life. While Curiosity hasn’t run across any little green men, it has discovered evidence that running water once flowed across the planet’s surface: the remains of a Martian streambed.

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Curiosity Captures A Martian Solar Eclipse

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In the latest “Holy crap, look at this awesome picture Curiosity took” news, the rover has managed to capture a solar eclipse on Mars. It’s not quite as impressive as one of ours, but it’s still a pretty awesome for being what it is, a picture of an eclipse on an alien world.

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Will.i.am’s Song Will Be The First Broadcast From Mars

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NASA is very happy to see the Mars Curiosity Rover is part of the current pop culture landscape. To add more resonance with the youth of the world, NASA brought on recording artist and rapper Will.i.am to record a song that will be the first to be broadcast on the Red Planet back to Earth.

“Reach For The Stars” was written and recorded by Will.i.am and made its debut yesterday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as part of an event for students to explain the Curiosity mission’s technology and objectives. No matter how you feel about his music or The Black Eyed Peas, the work Will.i.am does for NASA is commendable. He widens NASA’s reach and appeal to the youth through his music, celebrity, and public persona. Check out the song below:

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Mars Draws More UFO Claims With New Curiosity Photos

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Just after it landed on Mars, photos taken by Curiosity of a mysterious puff of smoke that appeared and then disappeared from the horizon caused a stir among the UFO community. NASA came out quickly enough and said that while it was a phenomenal grab by their cameras, the cloud was in all likelihood just the impact of the jettisoned sky crane system that delivered the rover to the surface of Mars. While an impacting sky crane was readily accepted as the obvious answer by just about everyone, that did not stop the efforts of some to scrutinize every photo coming back for signs of E.T. Now a video and a single frame of footage show what some claim to be Martian UFOs in action.

YouTube user StephenHannardADGUK recently posted this video of an image that he had to actively work with to bring out what looks like four strange floating objects above the surface of Mars…

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NASA Honors The Late Ray Bradbury By Naming Curiosity’s Landing Site After Him

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We lost one of the greats this past June when Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. He left behind a large body of work and countless writers, filmmakers, and others who were influenced by his writing. Yesterday, Wednesday August 22nd, would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, and NASA chose to commemorate the occasion in a truly special way: the location where the Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars has been named “Bradbury Landing.”

NASA announced the naming during a press conference yesterday, which opened with a video of Bradbury reading his poem, “If Only We Had Taller Been.” In a nice bit of synchronicity, that video was recorded at a Caltech symposium on November 12, 1971, just as the Mariner 9 spacecraft was going into orbit around Mars. You can also see the late Carl Sagan listening as Bradbury reads the poem. Here’s the video in question, which may very well put a lump in your throat. It sure did mine.