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New Angry Birds game features Curiosity Mars rover


NASA's Mars rover will star in the latest Angry Birds game, in which astronaut pigs hijack the Curiosity and go for a ride.

It's a fitting denoument to L.A.'s Mars rover madness: Curiosity will star in the latest Angry Birds game, where mischievous astronaut pigs will hijack the Curiosity and players will "dodge explosive volcanoes and fire asteroids."

Angry Birds' parent company, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment Ltd., said NASA agreed to the cameo for its game, Angry Birds Space, as part of a deal to educate players about its missions to Mars. 

"It's a great way to introduce both kids and adults to the wonders of the planet in a fun and entertaining way," said NASA spokesman David Weaver. 

The Curiosity, as well as other rovers, are available in the latest update to Angry Birds Space for Apple iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. There was no money involved in the deal, NASA said.

"We're huge NASA fans, and we were all cheering the Mars Curiosity rover as it touched down," said Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio's chief marketing officer. "So, working together on the Mars update was a perfect fit."

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