Watching all these incredible people at JPL react to the successful result of their work is absolutely wonderful. The video is about 11 minutes long and it starts with Curiosity’s descent onto Mars. Then there’s the reaction to her actual landing and the first pictures, which arrived so quickly! It’s an exciting, moving experience to see the joy from all the people who have worked so hard to get our rover up there. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Also, Curiosity is tweeting from Mars! You can follow her at @CuriosityRover 🙂
BTW, this is exactly the kind of work Obama has killed. We are now enjoying a project set into motion years ago. I can’t wait to send the maniacs in charge of Washington packing. I do wonder when Obama will remind the rocket scientists that they didn’t send Curiosity up there, that it was the local highway that did it.
NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.
“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.”
Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5, PDT, (1:32 a.m. EDT Aug. 6) near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.
“The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph,” said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. “My immense joy in the success of this mission is matched only by overwhelming pride I feel for the women and men of the mission’s team.”