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First HD pictures from Mars

Nasa has released the first high-definition colour pictures of Mars sent back to Earth by the Curiosity rover. Curiosity beamed back a recorded voice message from the red planet.

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Mars rover zaps rock with laser

NASA rover has shot a rock on Mars with its laser. Curiosity fired 30 pulses at a nearby rock over a 10-second window, burning a small hole.

Image taken before the test shows the rock chosen as the first target by NASA Credit: NASA/Reuters

During its two year mission NASA will target various rocks as it drives toward Mount Sharp, a 3-mile high mountain rising from the crater floor. Its goal is to determine whether the planet was ever habitable.

First laser test by the so-called 'ChemCam' instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover Credit: NASA/Reuters

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