August 7th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Watch Curiosity land

NASA has released a stop-motion video with images from the landing of Curiosity, the latest and greatest rover on Mars.

Curiosity landed "flawlessly" on Mars early Monday morning, scientists said.

"The image sequence received so far indicates Curiosity had, as expected, a very exciting ride to the surface," NASA said in a press statement.

Here's the video, representing the last two and a half minutes of descent:

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  1. Ben

    Your right what a waste. However if we drop food to starving kids then they eat for a few days but if we give the education they need to escape poverty then maybe, just maybe, one of those “kids” will help land humans on Mars.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  2. bob

    I'm CURIOUS about what this mission would have discovered if NASA would have directed it in the very MYSTERIOUS & CONTROVERSIAL area of Cydonia The place where the Face on Mars is located!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  3. Erik

    Fantastic video!

    Congrats to everyone involved, another outstanding accomplishment!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Clay Murray

    To say such a thing only shows that you are a person poor in soul and character, and by your token of logic, maybe we ought not to feed you, hm? Food for thought – pun'd.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  5. Edward

    William, Jason, Goliath – fix other countries problems? How? You liberals just like to criticize and don't offer solutions, Western countries already give billions in aid to poor countries and most of it gets wasted by corrupt regimes, governments, local officials, how exactly do you think money will solve these problems without education?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  6. William Maloney

    I rather watch an airdrop of food to hungry starving children. But wait a minute this little adventure could have funded thousands upon thousands of airdrops to hungry starving children. One big step for mankind, one giant ignorant lack of humanity in the name of science.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Jason

      I agree with William. Billions spent on trying to find life on mars where it could have been spent On humanity. What a waist.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • BD

        A scientific project being condemned by someone who cannot spell "waste." There's an opinion I take seriously.

        I'm not going to bother explaining why the Curiosity mission is such a positive thing because I doubt any logic would sway you and quite frankly not worth the effort.

        August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Goliath

      Agreed. So what if there are lil microbes on Mars, it's not like we are going to go live there. There is life like us out there, stop wasting money trying to prove this. Fix what is happening on our planet first before you journey into other worlds.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • STLBroker

      Do you folks not realize that Earth's population continues to explode and that there are finite resources on this planet. This type of exploration is necessary if we don't want to start sterilizing people and telling them they can't reproduce. If we want the human race to continue to grow we are going to need some additional real estate and resources. Addressing this problem when it becomes critical is too late. Laying the ground work with these missions now will insure our future a species. In other words this isn't just about finding microbes on Mars. Much more important than that.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • gummyballz

      Ya, we could do air drops to starving children, except then the rebels would come and kill the children and steal the food....
      unless you wanna go distribute the food, im sure since you have it all figured out, then you would have no issues...
      btw, exploring Mars is important, we could learn a lot more from it than we ever would doing air drops in war torn countries... such as, is the what earth is going to look like? or is that what earth used to look like, is it a viable option for man kind? even if its prison camps to mine minerals. for all the rebels that hinder your food drops...

      August 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

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