Monday, August 06, 2012

Curiosity has landed

The crazy sky crane landing worked!

First images of Mars from the nuclear powered rover. Check out the laser armed robot's menacing shadow :-)

Geeks exuberant!


Landing in progress, captured by MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter).


Ken Condon said...

No one is curious. I mean-shouldn’t we have shot out of the other side of a black hole by now?

Ken Condon said...

National Geographic channel is having a program tonight on this astonishingly complex mission. I wish this had been shown before the landing to stoke up interest but that is a minor complaint:
Producer Mark Davis spent years following NASA engineers and scientists as they built the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission, which later was renamed Curiosity. His documentary chronicles the rover's construction challenges, a frustrating two-year launch delay due to technology hurdles, and finally the rover's spectacular, flawless landing on Mars this week.

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