Friday, May 27, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars


Posted on Monday, 6 August, 2012 | Comment icon 60 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
NASA rejoiced this morning as the one-ton Mars Science Laboratory touched down on the Red Planet.

The team behind the mission waited with baited breath during what was dubbed '7 minutes of hell' as the rover descended through the Martian atmosphere and utilized its new 'sky crane' mechanism to land on the surface. Jubilation erupted when shortly afterwards a signal was received indicating that everything had gone to plan and that the rover was on the ground in full working order. A low resolution image was received a short time later from one of the rover's hazard cameras showing its shadow cast upon the Martian soil.

"Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars -- or if the planet can sustain life in the future," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden. "This is an amazing achievement, made possible by a team of scientists and engineers from around the world and led by the extraordinary men and women of NASA and our Jet Propulsion Laboratory. President Obama has laid out a bold vision for sending humans to Mars in the mid-2030's, and today's landing marks a significant step toward achieving this goal."

"NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet."

  View: Full article |  Source: NASA

  Discuss: View comments (60)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #51 Posted by Hazzard on 9 August, 2012, 14:44
A video that shows how reality sometimes is way cooler than science fiction.
Comment icon #52 Posted by MID on 9 August, 2012, 20:06
True enough, Hazz! The reality that NASA lives in is preferable to any science fiction...
Comment icon #53 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 August, 2012, 21:24
One must get out and vote .remember ? We the people ? Not just Putting the blame on the POTUS. We do need a Real Change maker in the Big-House though ! I say vote NDG
Comment icon #54 Posted by justcalmebubba on 15 August, 2012, 5:43
this is a good deal i realy wish oboma hadnt killed the space program just to suport his life styal like many other things across the country he's killed out but this is all way better then thatthis is a step in mankinds futur maybe i know if i was a resident of mars an ran across this prob..yeah i'd have to be a smart ass at sum point an bend over just to show my ass nutting like a good unexpected mooning
Comment icon #55 Posted by DKO on 15 August, 2012, 11:50
A cool video about the rover. http://youtu.be/bB2eB2qH2-A
Comment icon #56 Posted by david_36 on 15 August, 2012, 12:28
Great vid thanks DKO
Comment icon #57 Posted by Dredimus on 15 August, 2012, 14:52
Comment icon #58 Posted by DONTEATUS on 15 August, 2012, 22:30
TOO good for school AIRBORNE ! THats a fact jack ! Someday we shall walk upon Mars surface !
Comment icon #59 Posted by MID on 19 August, 2012, 16:45
I concur with that sentiment.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Aristotle's lost tomb has finally been found
5-26-2016
The long-sought final resting place of the Greek philosopher has been unearthed at a site in Macedonia.
New optical clock is most accurate ever built
5-26-2016
Scientists have come up with a clock so accurate that it could even redefine the length of a second.
Neanderthal-built stone rings found in cave
5-25-2016
Remarkable prehistoric structures made from stalagmites have been discovered inside a cave in France.
'Human dog' appears in daytime TV interview
5-25-2016
Sound technician Tom Peters likes nothing more than to dress up in a latex costume and act like a dog.
Other news in this category
Scientists find evidence of tsunamis on Mars
Posted 5-20-2016 | 8 comments
New evidence has suggested that Mars may have once experienced frequent and destructive tidal waves....
 
Mars methane spike 'not a seasonal event'
Posted 5-18-2016 | 8 comments
A mysterious spike of methane picked up by the Curiosity rover two years ago has yet to reoccur....
 
NASA invests in eight new sci-fi technologies
Posted 5-16-2016 | 11 comments
The US space agency will be attempting to turn several more futuristic technology concepts into reality....
 
Dwarf planet is third largest in solar system
Posted 5-12-2016 | 15 comments
Despite being comparable in size to Pluto and Eris, this enigmatic world has yet to even be given a name....
 
NASA announces discovery of 1,284 exoplanets
Posted 5-10-2016 | 14 comments
The incredible new haul has more than doubled the total number of known extrasolar worlds to over 3,200....
 
NASA to make Kepler announcement tomorrow
Posted 5-9-2016 | 33 comments
The space agency will be revealing the latest findings of its Kepler Space Telescope tomorrow afternoon....
 
Three new Earth-sized planets discovered
Posted 5-3-2016 | 12 comments
Astronomers have identified three new terrestrial worlds around a relatively close 'ultracool' star....
 
NASA reveals telescope's giant golden mirror
Posted 4-30-2016 | 17 comments
The impressive gold-coated mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope has been revealed in all its glory....
 
'Space umbrella' could stop global warming
Posted 4-28-2016 | 25 comments
Scientists have been exploring ambitious new ways to effectively cool, rather than to warm up the planet....
 
SpaceX reveals plans for 2018 mission to Mars
Posted 4-27-2016 | 14 comments
Elon Musk's private space firm is aiming to land a spacecraft on the Red Planet within just two years....
 
Sharper images of Beagle 2 on Mars revealed
Posted 4-26-2016 | 17 comments
Researchers have succeeded in enhancing the images taken of the ill-fated probe's final resting place....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ