NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which launched in November last year and 8 months later overcoming of “Seven Minutes of Terror”, has landed on the mysterious red planet, Mars, successfully and safely. Raw images sent from Curiosity has been posted on NASA JPL mission website.
The time at JPL’s mission control was about 10:31 p.m. (Aug. 5) PDT when Curiosity touched on the Mars surface. The time of day at the landing site was about 3 p.m. (local Mars time) at Gale Crater.
Curiosity slowed down its speed from over 13000 mph to 0 mph before landing. When its speed was 900 mph, a supersonic parachute was deployed. Later, the rover was separated from the parachute, 8 rocket engines took it close to the surface of Mars, and when it was about 60 feet above the surface, a “sky-crane” took it to the Red Planet. Here is an animation video, how it landed on Mars.
The landing of Mars rover Curiosity was shown at Times Square live.
Now, NASA people are busy in giving interviews. You can see the live coverage from SpaceflightNow.
Source : NASA