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Check out Mars landing sites of previous rovers and Curiosity

NASA’s Mars Curiosity has landed safely on Mars. This is the 40th mission to Mars from Earth – the 16th that landed successfully. Check out this video showing the landing sites of all seven NASA spacecraft to reach Mars — Viking 1, Viking 2, Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix — and now Curiosity.

See first images from Curiosity on Mars

Curiosity landed as scheduled in Gale Crater at about 05:31 UTC on August 6, 2012. That was 10:31 p.m. on August 5 according to clocks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where many planetary missions and mission scientists had gathered for the touchdown. The new Mars rover landed in a way no previous rover had attempted before: via sky crane. NASA scientists spoke of the seven minutes of terror: the amount of time it took the Curiosity rover to plunge through the Mars atmosphere and deploy a massive parachute and sophisticated landing system.

Bottom line: The video in this post shows the landing sites of all seven NASA spacecraft to reach Mars — Viking 1, Viking 2, Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix — and now Curiosity.

Mars Curiosity rover’s seven minutes of terror

Posted 
August 6, 2012
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