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Curiosity Rover Plays Back New will.i.am Song From Mars [VIDEO]

Aug 29, 2012 10:20 AM EDT
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NASA's Curiosity is making headlines ever since the rover made its successful landing on Mars.

For the first time in space exploration's history, a recorded song by musician will.i.am was played back by the rover from Mars.

The singer's "Reach for the Stars" filled the auditorium of special guests including students and media at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Tuesday. NASA scientists broadcast the song live from the surface of Mars, through Curiosity, during an educational even organized to share the findings about Mars with students.

The song has become the first interplanetary song after travelling 700 million miles from Earth to Mars and then back to Earth. "Today is about inspiring young people to lead a life without limits placed on their potential and to pursue collaboration between humanity and technology through STEAM education. I know my purpose is to inspire young people, because they will keep inspiring me back," will.i.am said sharing his thoughts about his song becoming the first interplanetary song.

Earlier, the Curiosity rover sent back a recorded message addressed by NASA administrator Charles Bolden along with some pictures of the Martian landscapes taken. It sent camera views of the landscapes in Mars which showed eroded knobs and gulches on a mountainside. Besides this, the rover has taken pictures of another mountain named Mount Sharp which is of interest to the scientists as its rock surface shows diversity, according to NASA.

Curiosity rover, which is on a two-year mission, made its successful landing on Mars on Aug. 5. Two weeks into the mission, the rover completed its first test ride and has moved around 20 feet (6 meters) from the landing site which had been named as "Bradbury Landing" in honor of the late science fiction author Ray Bradbury.

During the two-year program, the rover will perform various science operations to study the surface of the red planet. It will take samples of rocks, soil and measure the composition of the atmosphere to detect if the planet might possibly have supported microbial life.

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