Scientific Discovery

First Interplanetary Music Broadcast with Will.i.am's song ‘Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)’

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(Best Syndication News) - The first ever song was sent from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to Mars and back again to Earth earlier today. There were 53 high school students from the i.am College Track Center, VIP guests, NASA and JPL officials, and Curiosity mission members present when the Will.i.am’s song “Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)” was sent and received. The special event also paid tribute to the recent passing of legendary Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who made history by being the first man to walk on the Moon.

A video message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was played. He suggested students study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Mars has always fascinated us, and the things Curiosity tells us about it will help us learn about whether or not life was possible there," Bolden said. "And what future human explorers can expect. will.i.am has provided the first song on our playlist of Mars exploration."

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity is getting New Software Installed

This mosaic image shows part of the left side of NASA's Curiosity rover and two blast marks from the descent stage's rocket engines. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

(Best Syndication News) - Between August 10 through August 13, NASA will be giving Mars rover Curiosity a “brain transplant” via a new software program. The new programming will include the code used for the next phase of the mission.

The software was sent to the rover’s memory while it was being transported from Earth to Mars. Now that the rover has landed on Mars, the new software will aid in surface operations.

Verizon FiOS TV app now available for Samsung Smart TV sets and Smart Blu-ray Players

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(Best Syndication News) - A new Verizon FiOS TV app is now available for compatible Samsung Smart TV sets and Smart Blu-ray players. The FiOS app is found on the Samsung Smart Hub platform and will let subscribers of Verizon FIOS TV and FiOS Internet watch 26 live broadcast TV channels and over 20,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows.

The new app does not require an additional set-top box. The supported Samsung TV sets and Blu-ray players will stream the content for watching.

NASA Mars Mission - Curiosity Rover to Land on Surface Tonight

(Best Syndication News) - After traveling through space since November 26, 2011, the Mars rover named Curiosity is scheduled to land on the surface of the planet tonight. The landing is planned for the early morning hours of August 6, 2012 at 1:31 a.m. EDT (August 5 at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Time).

NASA will be covering the event in a big way. Special coverage from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be broadcast on the Toshiba Vision screen in New York City’s Times Square. They will begin the coverage at 11:30 p.m. EDT on August 5 and continue it through 4 a.m. EDT the next day. The audio coverage will be broadcast on the Third Rock Radio station.

NASA announces agreement to have Three Commercial Companies develop Next Generation Spacecraft

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NASA announced on Friday that they have reached agreements with three commercial companies -- Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and The Boeing Company to help develop the next generation spacecraft. Over the next five years, these companies will help to design and build the new spacecraft for launching astronauts, government, and other commercial customers into space.

The agreements were signed under the Space Act Agreements through NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap). The initiative is in anticipation that the investments in commercial companies would eventually become a commercial human spaceflight service that would be able to be used by both government and commercial customers.

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