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Things We Saw Today: Emma Watson Singing as Belle in the Beauty & the Beast Remake… In Toy Form

I gotta admit, I haven't been paying much attention to the Beauty & the Beast reboot starring Emma Watson, so I didn't realize it was a musical, and that Emma Watson herself would be singing the iconic Disney soundtrack.

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Listen to the Mars Curiosity Rover Sing Itself Happy Birthday for Its Fourth Birthday

If a rover sings happy birthday on another planet and no one is around to hear it, do our tears make a sound?

The Curiosity Rover has been on Mars for four (Earth) years today, which means it's time, yet again, for another lonely birthday celebrated on distance space rock with no one else around—except for the other rovers also left to live up there alone. In honor of those four years of incredible science on the Red Planet, let's listen to the birthday song the rover sings to itself to mark its lonely passage of time.

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NASA Is Trying to Figure out What Triggered Curiosity Rover’s “Safe Mode” Over the Weekend

So ... aliens? They're a few days late by now.

The Curiosity Rover is far away and generally alone (unless you count other rovers elsewhere on the planet), so when it encounters a problem and goes into its minimal operation mode, figuring out just what happened can be a tense process. That's just what NASA's scientists are currently trying to do, as the rover entered its "safe mode" over the weekend for unknown reasons.

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Things We Saw Today: The Matt the Radar Technician Tattoo You’re Looking For

So what do you guys think about Kylo Ren?

Bill DeNovio Tattoos shared this image of a tattoo honoring Matt the Radar Technician, the greatest hero of the Star Wars universe. By the way, have you guys heard that Kylo Ren is shredded?

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Curiosity Rover Takes “Selfies” As She Explores Martian Sand Dunes for the First Time

Thankfully, she can't pull off Duck Lips.

The Curiosity rover on Mars is such a millennial. I mean, she's up on Mars taking selfies right now. She's even got a selfie stick for an arm. Now that's going a little overboard, don't you think?

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More Curiosity Rover Images From Mars Look Vaguely Like a Woman, Internet Loses Its Mind

Every time the Curiosity Rover sends back new, amazing images of Mars, people find a clump of shadows and dirt that more or less (usually less) resembles a living creature. Just after the recent alien facehugger sighting, people across the Internet insist that this new image is an alien woman watching the rover—despite all the reasons that's absurd.

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Jessica Chastain Shares Her Thoughts on The Martian, Ridley Scott, and Women in Sci-Fi

The line between Interstellar and The Martian just became a whole lot blurrier.

On the set of The Martian, Chastain fielded questions from a group of visiting reporters. She talked about The Martian and strong, heroic women in Ridley Scott films.

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Curiosity Rover Preparing to Snort Mars Crystals Before Undergoing Major Software Update; Is Total Badass

Rock and rove.

Look out, Martians! Crystal-guzzling robot in the house!

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NASA and littleBits Team up for “Space Kit” Snap-Together Circuit Board Module Set

You know you want to build your own rover.

We love the magnetic snap-together circuit-building toy littleBits, and today we love them even more. They've partnered with NASA for a Space Kit version that includes lesson plans specially designed by NASA for the budding little space geek. (Or for the childish, space-obsessed blogger.)

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Still Not Aliens: NASA Says That Flash of Light Seen by Curiosity Rover Isn’t What UFO Speculators Think It Is

TL;DR version: It's never aliens.

The above image is making it's way around UFO sites and news outlets alike. It's a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on April 3rd, and it doesn't show aliens. Relax, Internet.

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This Is the Beep the Curiosity Rover Sends NASA Everyday So They Know She’s Okay

And it makes Bobak Ferdowsi really happy.

This picture from Bobak Ferdowsi's Instagram account shows the waveform of the status beep that Curiosity sends back to Earth from the surface of Mars to let NASA and Ferdowsi know she's doing fine.

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The Curiosity Rover Snapped Its First Picture of Earth and Safely Crossed Into the Dingo Gap

A dingo did not eat our rover.

The Curiosity rover is a long way from home, boys and girls, and this shot of what the Earth looks like from where it is on Mars is a reminder of just how far that is. Across the cold, empty reaches of space, the rover has taken a picture of the home of all seven billion humans, and it looks like just a tiny speck.

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Curiosity Rover May Risk Life In Dangerous “Dingo Gap”

Maybe the dingo will eat our rover.

This week NASA is deliberating sending their Curiosity rover on an expedition into Dingo Gap- a mission that they admit could bring an end to Curiosity's quest for knowledge, and leaving her to die a lonely death far from our comforting embrace.

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@SarcasticRover Is Teaching Us All about Martian Santa Today on Twitter

Have a very spacey Christmas, everyone.

The @SarcasticRover twitter account really is one of our favorites. It's a perfect blend of comedy and science, and today it's throwing Christmas into the mix and teaching Earthlings about Martian Santa in a string of tweets. How does he get around? What does he like to eat? Is he like your dad? Find out in these Tweets.

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Curiosity Rover Found Signs of an Ancient Lake on Mars That Was Possibly Hospitable to Life

What life? Let's just hope it's not those water monsters from "The Waters of Mars."

Here on Earth, we pretty much expect our water to be drinkable, but it's a pretty amazing find on Mars. Scientists reported earlier this year that the Curiosity Rover found signs of an ancient lake on Mars, but they're just now finding out that the lake's water may have been basically drinkable by human standards and hospitable to life.

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Six Great Science Selfies to Celebrate That Science and Selfie Are Words of the Year

Who knew that selfies and science had such a beautiful symbiotic relationship?

We're behind NASA's logic on most things (especially on how great space is), but we're extra into their logic that both "selfie" and "science" being named words of the year means that science selfies are pretty much the ultimate accomplishment. That's why we've compiled the best science selfies we could find.

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NASA Prohibited From Doing Science During Shutdown, Parody Twitter Account Rises to Fill Science Gap

There are people federally prohibited from doing science right now.

As part of the government shutdown, NASA scientists are prohibited from doing science. A Twitter parody account of the Mars Curiosity rover, @SarcasticRover, doesn't think that's fair. So she announced this week the start of the #ShutdownScienceClub and she's encouraging everyone to #DoAScience and tweet a photo. Get to it!

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The Curiosity Rover’s Gone Rogue On Twitter Thanks To a Delightful New Parody Account

We knew she drew that Mars penis on purpose. She's out of control!

Due to the government shutdown, none of NASA's social media accounts will be responding to tweets for the foreseeable future. Mere minutes after the official Curiosity Rover went dark, a new challenger stepped up to take its place -- @RogueCuriosity. We want to be her best friend.

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Send the Curiosity Rover Postcards for Its Anniversary!

It really is the least you can do.

Believe it or not, NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for one year, and everyone on the web who isn't still swept up in this weekend's Doctor Who news is sending their regards. If you want to get in on the fun, too, you can now make your own e-cards to send to the little rover. I guess we can call it an honorary Martian now?

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Happy Anniversary, Mars Curiosity Rover! Watch Live as NASA Celebrates

It's already been a year? The Curiosity is almost ready for solid foods!

It's the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover landing on the surface of Mars. That's one Earth year, by the way. Watch the JPL present a special program to celebrate, and ask questions via Twitter with the hashtag #AskNASA. There's programming all day, and you can watch it live right here!

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