August 5-6, 2012. NASA’s Curiosity rover is a 1-ton robot – about the mass of an SUV. It made an unprecedented landing on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on August 5, 2012 (5:31 UTC on August 6, 2012). The excellent video below shows how the risky maneuver kept rover team members in suspense for 7 fateful minutes. Don’t miss this video!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.