NASA lands Curiosity rover on Mars
Our latest Curiosity rover coverage will now be posted in a new gallery, which will continue to grow with NASA’s latest photos of Mars. The images below cover Curiosity’s historic landing and NASA’s following press briefing.
On August 5, 2012 at 10:31 p.m. PDT, the world witnessed NASA’s rover landing on the Marian surface marking the next exciting phase for the $2.5 billion (USD) Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity rover mission. The mobile lab is equipped with nuclear-powered capabilities to vaporize rocks, ingest soil, and determine whether Mars was ever inhabited by smaller forms of life. For updates follow @MarsCuriosity on Twitter.
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NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos
Irene Klotz Reuters
12:17 p.m. EDT, August 8, 2012
PASADENA, California (Reuters) – NASA’s newly landed Mars science rover Curiosity snapped the first color image of its surroundings while an orbiting sister probe photographed litter left behind during the rover’s daring do-or-die descent to the surface, scientists said Tuesday.
Curiosity’s color image, taken with a dust cover still on the camera lens, shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater, a vast basin where the nuclear-powered, six-wheeled rover touched down Sunday night after flying through space for more than eight months.
The picture proved that one of the rover’s key instruments, a camera known as the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, was in good working order affixed to the end of Curiosity robot arm.
Oct 08, 2012 @ 15:06:14
NASA YOU ARE THE BEST
Aug 12, 2012 @ 00:14:22
Tweet from @AndiPrama
@AndiPrama: RT @AndiPrama: In the 1990’s Pathfinder and now Curiosity, ‘analyze’ in Mars with the same binoculars? Obama, you are out of your mind!
ali sher misgeri
Aug 11, 2012 @ 21:23:56
COGRAULATION TO SUCESS TO HUMAIN TRANSFER TO NEW WORLD
Aug 11, 2012 @ 20:06:01
I never tought this could happened in my living years,this great news has inspired my life in every manner. I want to thank all the people that have been a part of this great mission( Curiosity Rover on Mars) you all are the greatest of mankind…..!!!!!! I would have loved to be a part of this team,but maybe in another life…once again amazing work NASA scientist and staff…
Aug 11, 2012 @ 09:33:26
Bit of doubt , wont the pebbles and dust strewn deck of curiosity affect the sensitive electrical circuits ?
Aug 11, 2012 @ 00:55:13
Any volunteers for landing on Mars?
Aug 11, 2012 @ 00:40:27
WHERE are all those HUNDREDS of STREAMING photos we paid billions for? Why didnt you stream them online? Do you have to EDIT them because you are afraid we might see something that we shouldnt see?
I want my pictures!!!
Aug 11, 2012 @ 00:28:28
Sky is not the limit!!
Aug 09, 2012 @ 21:40:07
The caption for photo #50 says that the Cassini spacecraft is still orbiting Mars. It’s orbiting Saturn.
Aug 09, 2012 @ 22:44:23
We apologize for the error, it has been corrected in the caption. Thanks.
MD. MAHBUBUL ALAM(PRINCIPAL)
Aug 08, 2012 @ 15:34:18
The Darkroom’s report on NASA’s Curiosity Mission on the Mars discloses the latest update of the event. This mission is very costly and high ambitious but a final solution for the mankind’s long curiosity about the planet. So thanks to Darkroom to participate in the historical news release.
Aug 08, 2012 @ 12:26:49
Any thoughts given to ensure that the parachute does not go “blowin’ in the wind” and endanger Curiousity?
Aug 08, 2012 @ 12:24:25
What an accomplishment. Truly a work of teamwork and execution.
Aug 08, 2012 @ 07:35:14
i hopeing we find signs of pass life and love the work you men are doing keep up the good work
Aug 08, 2012 @ 07:29:57
Aug 07, 2012 @ 22:04:36
Climb the highest mountain haters will call it a hill . sley the dragon that slaughter there friends and family haters say the dragon had lost his will to kill. save there jobs haters will say you spent to much give them a doctor to see haters will say oboma care . ATTENTION HATERS THE ROVER HAS LANDED O YES WE WILL AGAIN
Jerry Lehane III
Aug 07, 2012 @ 21:41:26
I suggest traveling to the sky-crane crash and studying it from every possible angle like a crime scene.
Aug 07, 2012 @ 16:34:52
A truly astonishing feat of engineering, considering that it all had to be done by the robot and support craft with only delayed assistance from NASA communications. Just ponder all the variables that had to be dealt with when this was designed!
Alas though. Such great feats are often done just before a great power implodes on itself. The educational and societal forces that compiled this team of scientists and engineers cannot be reproduced. It cannot be thrown together like a telemarketing boiler room or Initech cubicle farm. If we allow NASA to atrophy and wither for the sake of keeping the 0.1% and the banking mafia happy, then history will curse the U.S. for having it all and then throwing it away for a mess of fiat pottage.
Aug 06, 2012 @ 20:55:02
I am a devotee of Obama, but I don’t believe his bullshit you printed above. I believe it is another lie printed by the Rebubliacian, because Mr. Bownd would say that! I am astonished and my vote will go to who ever gives the most budget to NASA as I believe it is our only hope for our disendences.
Please tell me you didn’t say that Mr. President!
Our family loves you,
Barbara, Kris and Wolfgang
Aug 06, 2012 @ 19:09:10
Great success! I’ve also found this video of news conference on Curiosity’s landing and seen what NASA people have been through these days – ABSOLUTE HELL:
Aug 06, 2012 @ 12:36:31
Someone reported that – Obama was so moved by the landing that he had to fight back tears, when he said “If only I could have cut even more of NASA’s budget, maybe I could have prevented this from happening”
Aug 06, 2012 @ 11:57:56
Aug 06, 2012 @ 11:53:56
Congratulations on a very successful landing!!!