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Latest photographs from Mars Curiosity rover

The base of Mount Sharp on Mars
The base of Mount Sharp on Mars Credit: Nasa
Landing site and highest point of Mount Sharp
Landing site and highest point of Mount Sharp Credit: Nasa
Geological layers at the base of Mount Sharp
Geological layers at the base of Mount Sharp Credit: Nasa
The traces left after a 70 foot (21 metre) journey at end of August
The traces left after a 70 foot (21 metre) journey at end of August Credit: Nasa

The Curiosity rover is the largest and most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet. Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester is leading a team of scientists working on the project.

More photographs are available on the Mars Curiosity website.

Out of this world: The moment Will.i.am played his song on the surface of Mars

Musician Will.i.am has made interplanetary history in the first ever planet-to-planet music broadcast.

NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity beamed his new song from the red planet to earth, playing an mp3 file to an audience of NASA engineers and students in California.

Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester is leading a team of scientists working on project Curoisity.

Going where no humans have gone before the song made its solar system debut after travelling more than 330 million miles.

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First full colour image of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover

The first full colour image from Curiosity's mast camera has been released by NASA. Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

The first full-colour-image of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover has been sent back to earth.

It comes as President Obama called the Curiosity scientists to congratulate them on successfully landing the rover on the Red Planet.

Over the next few years the rover will investigate the mountain's lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change.

Dr John Bridges a scientist from the University of Leicester is leading the $2.5 billion dollar mission.

Could Leicester make its mark on Mars?

The University of Leicester scientist who's been leading the NASA mission to Mars says he hopes to name some localities on Mars after famous Leicestershire landmarks!

Writing in his blog about the 'Curiosity' project to land a rover on the Red Planet, he said:

One of the enjoyable aspects of Mars Science Laboratory is naming things...

Hopefully we can name some localities after famous Leicestershire localities at some point."

However, before Dr Bridges is able to name areas of the planet he must check with the International Astronomical Union Rules of Nomenclature.

The extraterrestrial names must be of 'recognised formations on Earth' and close to towns with a population of more than 100,000 people.

More rover pictures from Leicester led Mars Curiosity

A self portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover
A self portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover Credit: NASA
Self portrait of the Curiosity rover
Self portrait of the Curiosity rover Credit: NASA

Science rover Curiosity has sent back new pictures from Mars.

The £2.5 billion mission to land a spacecraft on Mars was led by Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester.

The six wheeled robot landed three days ago, and will undertake two years of scientific work, to try to find clues as to whether there could be life on the Red Planet.

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