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Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars

Posted on Monday, 6 August, 2012 | Comment icon 59 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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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."

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Comment icon #50 Posted by MID on 8 August, 2012, 21:16
It's unfortunate NASA cut-ended the Space Shuttle program when manned space exploration is in the process of complete multi-national privatization in an era where the entire human race needs to work together in exploration of outer space. it's unfortunate that the Obama administration, and it's Congress saw fit to scrap Constellation and not continue the Shuttle Program in lieu of spending tens of millions per seat on Russian Soyuz capsules while sacrificing the heavy lift capabilities the Shuttle provided. The only involvement NASA had in that was signing off on about 10,000 unemployment comp... [More]
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. http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/
Comment icon #52 Posted by MID on 9 August, 2012, 20:06
A video that shows how reality sometimes is way cooler than science fiction. http://mars.jpl.nasa...sl/participate/ 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.
Comment icon #56 Posted by david_36 on 15 August, 2012, 12:28
A cool video about the rover. Great vid thanks DKO
Comment icon #57 Posted by Dredimus on 15 August, 2012, 14:52
MNN Update: The object seen landing near Gale Crater on MSD 49,269 at around 05:50:16 AMT local time has been conclusively identified by the Martian Space Agency to be a weather balloon. Due to possible radioactive contamination, Mars citizens are forbidden to approach Gale Crater until further notice. Stay Tuned To Mars News Network for the most dependable coverage! In all seriousness though... I held my breath while watching the event on Xbox Live. I hope this really brings a younger generation to the forefront where space and exploration are concerned. It seems that over the last 10 years o... [More]
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
Great vid thanks DKO I concur with that sentiment.


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