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CONGRATULATIONS TO CURIOSITY!!!

August 6, 2012

The Rover has Landed!!! Congrats to the Mars Science Laboratory team!

Amazing photos on NASA TV!

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/mars/curiosity_news3.html

NASA, you have impressed us again.So cool what we little humans can do!

Curiosity and its amazing robotic laboratory could operate for decades on Mars, powered by a “radioisotope thermoelectric generator”, meaning it uses the electricity generated from the heat of a chunk of plutonium. How cool is that?!

First “Tweets” from Mars:

First image of Mars landscape (Gale Crater) from Curiosity (NASA)

First image from the Curiosity Rover: Gale Crater, wheel and all 🙂 (NASA)

Rover sees its shadow (NASA)

Rover sees its shadow (NASA)

Celebration at JPL with Curiosity's successful landing

NASA Curiosity team celebrates the successful landing (at Jet Propulsion Laboratory) (Image: NASA)

Has the excitement of our success and challenges in space exploration changed much in over 40 years? ….

Mission Control celebrates the successful return to Earth of Apollo 13 astronauts: April 17, 1970

Mission Control celebrates the successful return to Earth of Apollo 13 astronauts: April 17, 1970 (NASA)

See more photos in this gallery capturing yesterday’s excitement:

http://www.space.com/16909-mars-curiosity-rover-landing-live-photos.html

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