Curiosity lands on Mars

  • In this frame provided by NASA of a stop motion video taken during the NASA rover Mars landing, the heat shield falls away during Curiosity's descent to the surface of Mars. (AP)
  • Michael Malin, principal investigator, Mars Descent Imager explain how Mars Curiosity cameras were able to video Mars surface dust caused by the rover's engines on the descent stage. (AP photo)
  • This photo provided by NASA shows a full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars. (AP)
  • Jennifer Trosper, Mars Science Laboratory, MSL mission manager, JPL, adjusts the high-gain antenna on a rover model during a news briefing on the last data and imagery from Sol 1 (AP photo)
  • This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, informally called Mount Sharp, Monday. (AP)
  • This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, informally called Mount Sharp Monday. (AP)
  • This image of a false-color map based on data from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, and released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU, shows the area where NASA's Curiosity rover landed. (AP)
  • This photo made available by NASA shows the Curiosity rover, bottom, and its parachute descending to the surface from the vantage point of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (AP)
  • This photo provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the gravel on the surface of Mars' Gale Crater where the Curiosity rover landed. (AP)
  • This Aug. 26, 2003 image made available by NASA shows Mars photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on the planet's closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years. (AP)
  • Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity team members celebrate after the successful landing of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (AP photo)
  • In this photo released by NASA/JPL-Caltech, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team members react after the Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars and as first images start coming in to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (AP)
  • Gabe Salas, of Rockledge, Fla., and Gloria Lloyd, of Chapel Hill, N.C. post to facebook as they watch NASA's Mars Curiosity rover land on Mars during a special viewing event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Monday. (AP photo)
  • Shannon Lampton, and Charlene Pittman, both educators with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, cheer as they watch NASA's Mars Curiosity rover land on Mars during a special viewing event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Monday. (AP photo)
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory broke out into cheers as it received confirmation that the high-tech rover Curiosity landed on Mars. (AP photo)

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