Mars rover Curiosity lands successfully, NASA releases first images of Red Planet (Photo)By Angel Cuala on Aug 6, 2012 in Astronomy, Science •
Updated: August 7, 2012 2:45 a.m.
Mars rover Curiosity has landed successfully at around 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, August 5, 2012 (1:31 a.m. EDT, Monday, August 6), with NASA releasing its first photo of Gale Crater of the Red Planet, as shown below.
Rover Curiosity’s shadow on Mars
Image Credit: NASA Twitter
As featured on the live video feed by NASA, cheers and applause were heard through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as rover Curiosity landed on Mars, and immediately sent the first photos from the surface showing its wheel and its shadow.
“I’m safely on the surface of Mars. Gale Crater I am in you!!! #MSL” Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) tweeted, with the first photos shown as black and white images, with first high-resolution image came in shortly thereafter.
“#MSL: Touchdown confirmed for @MarsCuriosity” NASA (@NASA) tweeted immediately, right after car-sized rover landed on Mars; and later posted a link to the first photos of Gale Crater‘s surface; with the celebration immediately joined White House Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren.
“NASA is back on Mars – and getting ready for the next mission to the Red Planet! After an astounding 154 million mile journey and a harrowing landing that demonstrated cutting-edge technology, Curiosity, the largest rover ever sent to another planet, is in place and ready to work.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden wrote at NASA.gov, right after Curiosity‘s touchdown on Mars.
“I am so proud of the NASA team that has made tonight’s challenging milestone possible. However, tomorrow we begin to plan for the next great challenge — and start compiling incredible scientific data from Curiosity.” Bolden added, thanking all the NASA team members for their effort.
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