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What could be cooler than robots in space? How about technology that could lead to space robots being controlled via an Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s Kinect 2 technology? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is planning to do just that and they have a demo to show off.

The United States’ Space agency, NASA (Nation Aeronautics and Space Administration), has been trying to find a way to control their million dollar robots via modern day natural interface devices. The hunt itself has led NASA to test out devices such as Leap Motion, Microsoft’s Kinect, Oculus Rift, and more.

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You're following the Solar Cycle and would like to do so in style on your Windows Phone, right? If the answer to that is yes then you're going to want to check out The Sun Live. So what does the app do? It essentially enables you to track the activity on the surface of the sun on your Windows Phone. Displaying updated images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, you'll be able to hunt for prominences, flares and sun spots.

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If you're a fan of space exploration and NASA, check out the NASA Image of the Day lockscreen wallpaper app for Windows Phone 8.

NASA Image of the Day will rotate your Windows Phone 8 lockscreen wallpaper daily with a different photo from the NASA library. Everything from launch day photos to photos of the cosmos. Toast notifications are in place to alert you when the image changes.

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Mars Attacks!

With NASA’s successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars late Sunday night (it was streamed live on the Xbox 360) we figured we would mention a couple Mars tie-ins for your Windows Phone and even your Xbox in case you wanted to get in on all the action.

While there aren’t an overwhelming amount of Mars-specific apps for Windows Phone there are a couple that stand out to get you in the mood...

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NASA Ringtones have landed in the Marketplace

Help Software has released a collection of free sound files from various historical space missions and they have been conveniently converted to ringtones for your Windows Phone. NASA Ringtones is a collection of 24 ringtones from various Shuttle missions, Apollo and Mercury Space missions, Beeps and Bytes, and sound bits from current missions that including the Cassini Saturn mission and the Atlas V launch.

Each set of ringtones has an mission appropriate wallpaper backdrop (i.e. the moon for Apollo and Mercury) that gives the app an impressive appearance (shame the pics can't be used as device wallpapers). Each ringtone can be previewed and saved to your Windows Phone.

Ringtones range from the Apollo 11 "The Eagle has landed" quote to the Sputnik beep. Growing up watching Neil Armstong land on the moon, these ringtones definitely bring back memories. If your a fan of NASA and space exploration, this is a must have collection for your Windows Phone. According to the developer this is just the start and look for more space sounds to be added with future updates.

There is a free trial available for NASA Ringtones and the full version runs $.99. You can download NASA Ringtones here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is a mango app so you'll need to make sure your Windows Phone is updated before hand.

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