Nasa nails Mars Curiosity landing

2012-08-06 07:42
Nasa has successfully landed its Mars rover on the planet. (Nasa, JPL-Caltech, Cornell, Arizona State University, AP)

Nasa has successfully landed its Mars rover on the planet. (Nasa, JPL-Caltech, Cornell, Arizona State University, AP)

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Pasadena - Nasa's $2.5bn Mars rover has sent back its first signals to mission control as it entered the Red Planet's atmosphere in the final moments of a dramatic touchdown.

Engineers shouted and clapped when the Curiosity rover touched down on the surface.

The manoeuvre was complex and for several minutes, engineers could not communicate with the lander as it entered Mars atmosphere.

"We can confirm that the event is actually happening," said a member of mission control at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "We are receiving heartbeat tones at this time, things are looking good."

Minutes after landing the rover sent back its first picture of the its wheel on the surface of Mars as celebrations continued at Nasa's JPL.

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