Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year on Mars

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Curiosity: NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror


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Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

Curiosity touchdown 10:31PM PDT August 5 2012