August 28th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Human voice makes giant leap in space thanks to Curiosity

The voice of NASA's chief has boldly gone where no voice has gone before - to another planet and back.

Words uttered by Charles Bolden, the administrator of NASA, were radioed to the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars, which in turn sent them back to NASA's Deep Space Network on Earth, NASA said in a statement Monday.

The successful transmission means Bolden's space-faring comments are the first instance of a recorded human voice traveling from Earth to another planet and back again, according to NASA.

In the recording, Bolden congratulated NASA employees and other agencies involved in the Curiosity mission, noting that "landing a rover on Mars is not easy."


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  1. Marga

    Turn them off? Are you kidding? I'd rahter not use the program at all if the borders aren't there. Is it so hard to have a program put out by the US government be up to date with the official positions on international borders as held by the US government? This really doesn't seem like such a hard thing to implement in the program itself.

    September 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  2. Samir

    mcewenpe – I agree. This should have been a time for a global perspective, not one for ego. Given the timing, the second giant leap for mankind might have been more in order.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  3. mcewenpe

    I dunno. Sounds a bit to me that a giant ego has landed on Mars.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am |


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