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Correction: Mars-Music story


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about music broadcast from Mars, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the new song from will.i.am traveled 700 million miles based on information from NASA. The distance should be 330 million miles.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Curiosity beams new will.i.am song from Mars

New will.i.am song 'Reach for the Stars' broadcast from Mars

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Will.i.am has premiered his new single — from Mars.

The NASA rover Curiosity beamed to Earth his new song "Reach for the Stars" on Tuesday in the first music broadcast from another planet, to the delight of students who gathered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to listen.

The song had been uploaded to the rover, which landed near the equator of Mars, and played back — a journey of some 330 million miles.

The musician, who promotes science and mathematics education, was among more than a dozen celebrities who were invited to JPL to watch Curiosity's landing earlier this month. Others included Wil Wheaton, Seth Green and Morgan Freeman.

In 2008, NASA beamed the Beatles' "Across the Universe" into the cosmos to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the song.


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