Rover Touchdown on MARS
The U.S. space agency, NASA, says its Mars Science Laboratory has made a successful landing on the red planet.
There will be several weeks of testing before NASA turns Curiosity
loose to roam about the Martian surface, looking for signs that the
planet once might have had conditions suitable to support life.
But first the scientists and engineers at the Joint Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles did a little celebrating.
NASA described Curiosity’s plunge through the Martian
atmosphere as “seven minutes of terror,” but the landing, which
engineers said was the most complex ever attempted, proceeded