Curiosity Lands in Mars, Tweets its News Back To Earth

August 6, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

At last, NASA’s space rover Curiosity has touched the Martian soil safely around 10.32 pm PDT.

The landing, which was fully automated due to the time delay it takes for transmissions to pass between the two planets, was a nervous business for the scientists at NASA.

The nervousness was heightened for the seven minutes when it was not sure where the space rover has actually landed in Mars.

The task was extra difficult considering the fact that the space craft had to adjust its speed from a top 13,000 mph to a safe one gradually to rest on the planet surface without getting shattered into pieces.

The rover will not start running all over Mars clicking pictures and sending them to its Twitter stream just now.

It will take at least a week for Curiosity to find whether all its tools – including the camera, lasers to melt rocks, drilling turret and weather sensor – are working perfectly.

So it is expected that in a few months’ time we will be able to see the first panoramic views and the details from Curiosity’s first drive on Mars.

NASA’s live feed will be on all through the project’s time to keep the public informed about the news straight from the control room.

You may also love to check the tweets from Curiosity to its Twitter account to have the unique experience of reading somebody’s tweets from Mars, for the first time in your life.

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