NASA – Curiosity

This is a behind the scenes look a the tension, anticipation and exhilaration experienced by scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on August 5, 2012, during the Curiosity rover’s harrowing descent through the Martian atmosphere — known as “Seven Minutes of Terror.”

News of Curiosity’s safe touchdown following the 13-thousand-to-zero-mile-an-hour descent to the Red Planet’s surface brought elation and high-fives all around the world. Curiosity begins a two-year investigation of whether Mars is or ever was capable of supporting microbial life.

This image shows one of the first views from NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early morning hours Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a “fisheye” wide-angle lens on one of the rover’s Hazard-Avoidance cameras. These engineering cameras are located at the rover’s base. As planned, the early images are lower resolution. Larger color images are expected later in the week when the rover’s mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


Posted on August 7, 2012, in Space and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. yep I was up last night watching cnn broadcast the news. I am such a science nerd, stuff like this has me grinning from ear to ear. I remember when the last rover made it mars a couple of years ago and I was excited. I wonder what they will find there?

  2. I watched it live on Nasa TV last night. I dam near cried when I saw mission control go into hysterics. I read this quote last night that exemplified my feeling for this moment.

    How did we fly like the birds and then venture beyond our world? We dreamt it, and then …. made it happen.

    Thanks for dreaming NASA……..Thanks for dreaming.

    To Curiosity: Godspeed.


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