NASA’s rover Curiosity managed to achieve a scintillating landing on Mars on August 6, 2012, relaying images back to Earth. The rover travelled hundreds of miles across the space to explore the Red Planet and look for signs of life. The rover Curiosity is worth $2.6 billion and made its dramatic landing on Mars in what is being nervously known as ‘seven minutes of terror’.
The landing process was known as ‘seven minutes of terror’ because it involved the world’s most expensive and largest supersonic parachute and a sky-crane which allowed the spacecraft which carried Curiosity to land at the exact place on Mars as deciphered by the scientists.
Curiosity landing time
NASA has stated the official landing time of Curiosity, touted as the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory sent to a distant world, at 10:32 p.m. Pacific time (1:32 a.m. EDT/0532 GMT).
At the Rover touched down, the team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California busts into tears of joy and cheers as Curiosity beamed pictures straight from Mars. President Barack Obama congratulated NASA, “The successful landing of Curiosity — the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet — marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. “The scientific community reacted to the achievement with a mixture of elation and relief.
Curiosity, maneuvered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has a full set of modern tools for exploring Mars. The suite includes 17 cameras, a laser that can detect and analyze rock composition from afar and instruments that can analyze soil samples. NASA said, “The aim of our work to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms.”
Mars Curiosity Landing Photos