1 (No Transcript) 2 NASAs Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity--the rover and its parachute are in the center of the white box. 3 The green diamond shows approximately where NASAs Curiosity rover landed on Mars a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse). 4 This is one of the first images taken by NASAs Curiosity rover which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a fisheye wide-angle lens on the left eye of a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the left-rear side of the rover. 5 In this black and white photo released by NASAs JPL-Caltech This is the first image taken by NASAs Curiosity rover which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 a.m. PDT. It was taken through a fisheye wide-angle lens on one of the rovers front left Hazard-Avoidance cameras at one-quarter of full resolution. The clear dust cover on the camera is still on in this view and dust can be seen around its edge. 6 A spectator watches a live stream of the Mars Curiosity landing while listening to an audio broadcast on her phone among the hundreds of other on-lookers in Times Square August 6 2012 in New York. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles Curiosity landed on Mars Sunday night. 7 Steve Collins waits during the Seven Minutes of Terror as the rover approaches the surface of mars inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASAs Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California The Curiosity robot is equipped with a nuclear-powered lab capable of vaporizing rocks and ingesting soil measuring habitability and potentially paving the way for human exploration. 8 NASA Administrator Charles Bolden smiles as the rover begins its decent to the surface of mars inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASAs Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. 9 This photo released by NASA shows the view from the balcony of the control rooms at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory the Dark Room in the foreground Deep Space Network control room on the right and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission Support Area back left in Pasadena Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity is designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. 10 In this photo released by NASAs JPL Members Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team work in the MSL Mission Support Area at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory hours ahead of the planned landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars Sunday Aug. 5 2012 in Pasadena Calif. 11 Shannon Lampton and Charlene Pittman both educators with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center cheer as they watch NASAs Mars Curiosity rover land on Mars during a special viewing event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Monday Aug. 6 2012 in Huntsville Ala. 12 In a photo provided by NASA the Mars Science Laboratory team in the MSL Mission Support Area reacts after learning the the Curiosity rover has landed safely on Mars and images start coming in at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Mars Sunday Aug. 5 2012 in Pasadena Calif. 13 Alex Trebek in the picture 14 Lennon Batchelor 27 of Orlando center pauses while watching a live stream of the Mars Curiosity landing while neighboring spectators cheer in Times Square after the successful touch-down August 6 2012 in New York. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles Curiosity landed on Mars Sunday night. 15 Mars Science Laboratory Flight Director Keith Comeaux left talks to his team inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASAs Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena Calif. on Sunday Aug. 5 2012. 16 Activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi who cuts his hair differently for each mission works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASAs Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena Calif. 17 In this photo provided by NASA the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team welcomes White House Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren third standing from left as he stops by to meet the landing team and to say Go Curiosity as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden second from left and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi far left look on Sunday Aug. 5 2012 at JPL in Pasadena Calif. 18 In this photo released by NASA an empty jar marked Days Until Entry and a jar full of marbles marked Days Since Launch sit on a conference room table during a meeting of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. The MSL team has been moving one marble a day since launch from jar to jar. 19 This artists rendering released by NASA/JPL-Caltech on Sunday Aug. 5 2012 shows how NASAs Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to the surface of Mars it will send out two different types of data basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth (pink dots) and more complex UHF radio data (blue circles) that require relaying by orbiters 20 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) director Charles Elachi presents a can of good luck peanuts during an overview of the status and plans for NASAs Science Mission Directorate at JPL in Pasadena Calif. Sunday Aug. 5 2012. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars Sunday night. 21 In this file photo taken Adam Steltzner Mars Science Laboratorys entry descent and landing phase leader at JPL uses a scale model to explains the Curiosity rovers Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) during the Mission Engineering Overview news briefing at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. 22 This Aug. 2 2012 file photo shows Nick Lam data controller monitoring the Mars rover Curiosity from the Deep Space Networks control room at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. NASAs Curiosity rover is zooming toward Mars. With about a day to go until a landing attempt the space agency says the nuclear-powered rover appears on course. 23 (From L) John Grunsfeld NASA associate administrator Richard Cook MSL deputy project manager Pete Theisinger MSL project manager Adam Steltzner MSL entry descent and landing (EDL) lead and John Grotzinger MSL project scientist from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) 24 A visitor takes a photo of a sign reading Rover Xing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena California August 2 2012 ahead of the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity 25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission members work in the data processing room beside Mission Control at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena California August 2 2012 ahead of the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. 26 Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity members from left Richard Cook MSL deputy project manager Adam Steltzner MSL entry descent and landing (EDL) lead and John Grotzinger MSL project scientist California Institute of Technology from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover mission team celebrate the landing of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. 27 The target landing area for NASAs Mars Science Laboratory mission was the ellipse marked on this image of Gale Crater. The ellipse is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide (20 kilometers by 7 kilometers). 28 A June 2012 revision of the landing target area for Curiosity the big rover of NASAs Mars Science Laboratory mission reduced the areas size. It also put the center of the landing area closer to Mount Sharp which bears geological layers that are the missions prime destination. 29 This set of images compares test images taken by four cameras on NASAs Curiosity rover at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory before launch. 30 This image shows the topography with shading added around the area where NASAs Curiosity rover is slated to land. Red indicates higher areas and purple indicates lower areas with a total elevation range of about 600 feet (nearly 200 meters). The red oval indicates the targeted landing area for the rover known as the landing ellipse 31 This is a close-up view of the northern two-thirds of one of the quadrangles (number 50) that were mapped onto the landing region of NASAs Curiosity rover. Note the presence of layered deposits around the rim of an impact crater as well as along a scarp that traces through the center of the quad. These exposures are reminiscent of the terrain studied by NASAs Opportunity rover where exploration was limited to the layered deposits exposed along the flanks of craters. 32 This image shows engineers predictions of where NASAs Curiosity rover would enter the atmosphere of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The background image is a false-color image from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASAs Mars Odyssey spacecraft. 33 Painting demo by members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Four artists are working on this image of Curiosity on Mars with the point of view being from the Gale Crater. The painting will be presented to Bill Nye. The two men in the photos are artists Aldo Spadoni (left) and Jon Ramer (right) of IAAA. 34 We had a big party at Riff Raff Studio in Silver Lake in Los Angeles. There were red lights fittingly bathing the party in a Martian glow. 35 by Meredith Bennett-Smithwww.huffingtonpost.com
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