06 August 2012

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NASA Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars making history

NASA Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars making history

After travelling eight-and-a-half months and 352 million miles, Nasa's rover Curiosity finally landed on Mars at 5.33 GMT (1.33 EDT) this morning.

The mission was hailed by President Obama, who said 'Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history.'

Sunday's touchdown attempt was especially intense because NASA is testing a brand new landing technique. Due to the communication delay between Mars and Earth, Curiosity was be on autopilot.

The nuclear-powered Curiosity, the size of a small car, is packed with scientific tools, cameras and a weather station. It sports a robotic arm with a power drill, a laser that can zap distant rocks, a chemistry lab to sniff for the chemical building blocks of life and a detector to measure dangerous radiation on the surface.

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SammyK August 07, 2012  

I was pretty pumped when the pictures started coming in of the surface.

MEcoy August 07, 2012  

hope they can discover something new now