Space travel: NASA'S Curiosity Rover safely lands on Mars

United States
August 6, 2012 12:32pm CST
Welcome to another amazing event. Curiosity, NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover, has made a safe landing on the surface of Mars after an eight month, 352-million-mile journey. NASA says it received a signal from the Curiosity rover after a plunge through the Martian atmosphere described as "seven minutes of terror." Cheers and applause broke out at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory just after 1:30 a.m. Monday morning when the first signal came that the rover had successfully landed. "Touchdown confirmed," said engineer Allen Chen. "We're safe on Mars." Did you ever think this would happen during our lifetime? What are your thoughts?
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• Germany
6 Aug 12
NASA badly needed such a success and I feel happy for them. 30 years ago as a young student I was shown around by them in Ames research center and as memory they gave me a Mars photo. Now they are back and I am curious what their Curiosity will find out.
@MandaLee (3691)
• United States
6 Aug 12
I read about the landing this morning. How very exciting! I never thought this would happen during my lifetime.