Congratulations to the NASA team! Rover landed on Mars only ONE minute later than what the team announced months ago, at an amazing speed of 13,200 mph during the descent and then only 1.7 mph as it touched down. All this within a landing area half the size of what was originally set-up...
August 5, 2012: A specially marked jar of peanuts sits on a workstation inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In a long-standing tradition before critical mission events dating back to the 1960's, the control room crew will eat some good luck peanuts.
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August 5, 2012: Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover team member Miguel San Martin (C) waves an American flag after a successful rover landing, as he arrives for a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)
In this photo released by NASA's JPL, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team members talk in the MSL Mission support Area at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ahead of the planned landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
Adam Steltzner, Mars Science Laboratory's entry, descent and landing phase leader at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, uses a scale model to explain the Curiosity rover's path to the surface during a news conference at the laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif.
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