OMG! The United States of America has landed on MARS! No, this is not a Hollywood movie. We really did it! NASA’s highly anticipated landing went off without a hitch at 10:32 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5 (or for those watching across the east coast, at 1:32 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6).
Following its 354-million-mile journey, the the rover landed inside a Martian land formation called Gale Crater.
Minutes after touchdown, the one-ton SUV-sized rover beamed back photos of Mars’ surface using its “fisheye” Hazard Avoidance Cameras — called Hazcams — according to NASA.
In a statement released after the landing, John Grotzinger, project manager of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, added context for the image.
“Curiosity’s landing site is beginning to come into focus,” Grotzinger said. “In the image, we are looking to the northwest. What you see on the horizon is the rim of Gale Crater. In the foreground, you can see a gravel field. The question is, where does this gravel come from? It is the first of what will be many scientific questions to come from our new home on Mars.”
This is only the beginning of thousands of questions that scientist have been waiting for decades to answer. Are there other life forms, resources etc. This should be interesting. Wow! USA is conquering the Olympics and The UNIVERSE!
Source: Huffington Post