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NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars

2:11 am - 08/06/2012


(CNN) -- 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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astridmyrna 7th-Aug-2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Yay science!
atomic_joe2 7th-Aug-2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Seriously though, the Curiosity should be okay as long as Howard Wolowitz can keep his hands off it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mLMQLSjp_s
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