August 6, 2012

NASA Rover Curiosity Has Landed on Mars

NASA's most advanced rover, Curiosity, has successfully
landed on Mars. Image courtesy of NASA.
Reuters

PASADENA, California (Reuters) - NASA's Mars science rover Curiosity performed a daredevil descent through pink Martian skies late on Sunday to clinch an historic landing inside an ancient crater, ready to search for signs the Red Planet may once have harbored key ingredients for life.

Mission controllers burst into applause and cheers as they received signals confirming that the car-sized rover had survived a perilous seven-minute descent NASA called the most elaborate and difficult feat in the annals of robotic spaceflight.