06 August 2012
Posted in Our Planet, Our Universe
With fierce ambition, determination and persistence, NASA scored a huge victory for the U.S. this morning by successfully mastering and executing the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. The potentially risky landing was perfectly maneuvered, and the car-sized rover touched down on Gale Crater at 1:32 a.m. EDT Monday.
In the early hours of the morning as the landing unfolded, each step proceeded without flaw. The capsule entered the atmosphere at the appointed time, with thrusters guiding it toward the crater. Next the parachute was deployed, then shortly after the rover and rocket stage dropped away from the parachute. This began the powered descent toward the surface.
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