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Sunday, August 05, 2012

FIRST IMAGES FROM CURIOSITY:LANDS ON MARS; TWITTER ERUPTS AS NEW CHAPTER IN SPACE EXPLORATION BEGINS

This is the FIRST IMAGE from MARS with CURIOSITY!

By Randy Economy
“NASA #MSL: Touchdown confirmed for @MarsCuriosity
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MarsCuriosity I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL
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Curiosity has landed on the planet Mars, and a new chapter in space exploration has officially began.
The landing took place approximately 352 million miles (567 million kilometers), concluding a 36-week journey from Earth and touchdown was confirmed at 10:32 p.m. PST.
The first views from Curiosity will give NASA engineers a good idea of what surrounds Curiosity, as well as its location and tilt and in typical “Earth fashion” the social network site “Twitter” exploded with posts and comments.
“Ensuring that the rover is on stable ground is important before raising the rover’s mast,” said Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper at JPL. “We are using an entirely new landing system on this mission, so we are proceeding with caution.” Color pictures from the rover’s Mars Descent Imager, or MARDI, acquired as the rover descends to the Martian surface, will help pinpoint the rover’s location. Initial images from MARDI are expected to be released Aug. 6, the day after landing.

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