That’s right, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has successfully landed on the red planet. Only “after completing the ‘seven minutes of terror’, the car-sized rover touched down as expected at 6:31AM BST.” Continue reading for a live stream, a full landing animation video, and more information.
The voyage to Mars took over eight months and spanned 352 million miles. The trickiest part of the journey? The landing. Because Curiosity weighs nearly a ton, engineers drummed up a new and more controlled way to set the rover down. The last Mars rovers, twins Spirit and Opportunity, were cocooned in air bags and bounced to a stop in 2004.