Monday, August 6, 2012

NASA's 'Curiosity' Just Landed on Mars, See the First Pictures

NASA's latest generation of Mars rover, the $2 billion Curiosity, has just safely landed on the surface of Mars after surviving “7 minutes of terror” and a final descent by “sky crane.” The landing took place as scheduled, at about 1:30am EDT (10:30pm PDT). For the rover itself, the very act of getting to Mars in one piece was in itself an accomplishment for a mission that stood over a 60% chance of failure. For even more good news, the first pictures have already arrived back on Earth.

Needless to say, these are exciting times for NASA and space enthusiasts in general, too.

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