August 5, 2013
How Curiosity Became an Astronaut

The most memorable thing was the tears. They were the result, for the most part, of the tensions of the “Seven Minutes of Terror.” And of hope. And of anticipation. And of the knowledge that so many people had invested a significant portion of their lives in this one moment — and the knowledge, as well, of how easily it could all go wrong.
Nothing went wrong. At approximately 1:30 am East Coast time on August 5, 2012, the control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, erupted with cheers, high fives, hugs, relief, and, yes, tears. The Curiosity rover, which had taken several years to be built and another year to travel away from Earth, had landed safely on the surface of Mars. 
Read more. [Image: NASA]

How Curiosity Became an Astronaut

The most memorable thing was the tears. They were the result, for the most part, of the tensions of the “Seven Minutes of Terror.” And of hope. And of anticipation. And of the knowledge that so many people had invested a significant portion of their lives in this one moment — and the knowledge, as well, of how easily it could all go wrong.

Nothing went wrong. At approximately 1:30 am East Coast time on August 5, 2012, the control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, erupted with cheers, high fives, hugs, relief, and, yes, tears. The Curiosity rover, which had taken several years to be built and another year to travel away from Earth, had landed safely on the surface of Mars.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

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