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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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keeperofthekeys 6th-Aug-2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
hammersxstrings 6th-Aug-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
omfg i love them
girl_fusion 6th-Aug-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
The GIF made me smile! Bravo, NASA and science (even though you kick my ass all the time in school).
moonbladem 6th-Aug-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Sooner or later someone's going to invent the warp drive. It might not be in my lifetime, but it'll be the start of some pretty amazing journeys of discovery. I mean, looking through the Hubble telescope is great and all, but I'll bet it's nothing compared to seeing it when you're right there, with your own eyes.

Also looking forward to some pretty cool cultural exchanges between the human race and other beings. And yes, I don't think we're the only ones in the universe.

*Edited to add the video*

Edited at 2012-08-06 03:17 pm (UTC)
hammersxstrings 6th-Aug-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
can someone explain to me why/if this is more significant than the other rovers we have there already? is it because of the size of this one, or because of the data that it's going to collect? i'm just confused because, while it was really awesome to watch and i'm looking forward to what they actually find, I found it a bit confusing because people were like "HISTORIC, WE LANDED ON MARS" and I...thought we did that a while ago?

idk, please excuse my ignorance. I'm not trying to rain on the parade, I was just curious...
dark_puck 6th-Aug-2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/06/tech/mars-rover-curiosity/index.html I found this to explain what's going on.
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keeperofthekeys 6th-Aug-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
so this is just another robot showing us pictures of reddish rocks and piles of dust

This rover has an incredibly sophisticated array of analytical tools. We're not sending rovers to Mars just to take pretty pictures.
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layweed 6th-Aug-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be disappointed if we find signs of bacteria or microbial life on Mars. But only because I want little green men.
executivehpfan 6th-Aug-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
I want Vulcans, tbh.

Or Prothean artifacts.
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dark_puck 6th-Aug-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
I did see several women in the room, at least. But yeah, my first impression was "that's a whole load of guys"
queenbathory 6th-Aug-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
This is pretty exciting
ghost_busting 6th-Aug-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
Can someone please caption that gif with "MULTIPLE NERDGASMS"

Whatever, haters, NASA just carefully and successfully landed something on fuckin' Mars. NBD.
alryssa 7th-Aug-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Ridiculously exciting watching this happen live last night tbh, so happy for them that it all went well. :3
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.

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