|One of the first images received from Curiosity, after landing on Mars. This image shows the shadow of the rover on the planet's surface. Source: NASA.|
Greetings From Mars! Huge NASA Rover Makes Daring Landing on Red Planet
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 06 August 2012 Time: 01:30 AM ET
PASADENA, Calif. — A car-size NASA rover touched down on the Martian surface late Sunday night (Aug. 5), executing a stunning series of maneuvers that seem pulled from the pages of a sci-fi novel.
News of the 1-ton Curiosity rover's successful landing came in at 10:31 p.m. PDT Sunday (1:31 a.m. EDT and 0517 GMT Monday), though the robot actually touched down inside Mars' huge Gale Crater around 10:17 p.m. (It takes about 14 minutes for signals to travel from the Red Planet to Earth).
"Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on Mars!" a mission controller announced. The cheers were deafening.
Sources: NASA, Space.com
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