Jubilant cheers filled erupted from NASA crews in Pasedena and from everyone watching the live stream on the Internet as Curiosity, Nasa’ Mars science rover landed on Martian surface.
On Monday, August 6, 2012, approximately at 1:32, Eastern Time, Curiosity touched down in an ancient crater on Mars to start its two year expedition. Its mission is to search for key ingredients for life that the Red Planet might have.
The car-sized spacecraft model survived a complicated descent with zero margin for error. It involved the Curiosity to be lowered at the end of 25-foot cables from a hovering rocket. The successful landing marked the end of the 154 mile journey that begun on November 26, 2011.
“There are many out in the community who say NASA has lost its way, that we don’t know how to explore — we’ve lost our moxie. I want you to look around tonight, at those folks with the blue shirts and think about what we’ve achieved.” John M. Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate, said during a post-landing news conference.
After the transmitting the signals of its successful landing, Curiosity followed it up with its first pictures from Mars:
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