NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars
August 6th, 2012
02:17 AM ET

NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars

NASA's $2.6 billion rover, Curiosity, carried out a challenging landing on Mars early Monday after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet.

The SUV-sized Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the "seven minutes of terror."

This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world's largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen.

The mission control in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California burst into cheers as the rover touched down. Team members hugged and high-fived one another as Curiosity beamed back the first pictures from the planet, some shed tears.

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  1. Russasaurus

    Look! More hidden footprints.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  2. Jeff

    that mini map that they give you, if you zoom in slightly you see the 3 mountain like things.... isnt it interesting how they are lined up like the pyramids of giza over here. just a thought.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  3. Portland tony

    Well done NASA, JPL, and all you subcontractors that made this happen. Simply amazing and forward looking engineering. For the adults of the world, this shows that America can still do it. For Kids this is just so cool...And it was "Rocket Science" that made it all possible!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  4. drishism

    Cool : )

    I'm glad the $2.6-billion rover did not crash

    August 6, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  5. helenecha

    Applaud! Keep doing launching our Rovers to the destinations where we're getting ready until our human being lands on them!

    August 6, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  6. $tillRun!n1@Ya.com

    ^*&%$%^@#$%@*$& AUTO-BOTS ROLL OUT!!! $^$&%&#^@^*##$

    August 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm |

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