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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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NASA: Curiosity rover laser working well

The Mars rover has zapped several rocks in order to test its laser systems are working.

The Coronation rock that was first to be zapped Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/LANL

The first rock, dubbed 'Coronation', was chosen because of its proximity. Other choices include an outcrop of rocks that were uncovered by the Sky Crane thrusters during the landing.

NASA scientists are looking forward to doing "lots more science with the ChemCam instrument".

Rocks uncovered by the Sky Crane's thrusters Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP/MSSS

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