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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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Curiosity landing spot to be named after author Ray Bradbury

Author Ray Bradbury Credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser

NASA has announced that the spot where the Curiosity rover touched down will be named 'Bradbury Landing' after the author Ray Bradbury whose 1950 short story 'The Martian Chronicles' imagined humans colonising Mars.

Mr Bradbury was born 92 years ago today and died earlier this year.

Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity, said: "Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars."

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