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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 releases first 'laser spectrum'

NASA's first laser spectrum generated after zapping Coronation Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP

This is the first laser spectrum from the 'Chemistry and Camera' (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.

Graphs like this are created when the rover zaps a rocks with its laser and uses spectrometers to analyse the gases that are emitted and detect different elements present in the rock.

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