Video: The Minutes Before & After the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, landed just minutes ago. If you didn’t catch the action live online, you can watch a screen capture of the moments before and after the landing. The landing itself takes place around the 5:40 mark, but the tension in the mission control room begins in the minutes before that, when the rover passed through The Seven Minutes of Terror. The joy, the tears, the great sense of accomplishment, the first images from Mars (around 7:30 mark) — they all follow. A job well done. A great pleasure to watch.

If you want to focus on the pride in the mission control room, you can simply watch the video below.

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  • It was great watching this with my children last night. My son said to me, “Wow dad, lots of amazing stuff is happening in my life!” I agree.
    His favorite part was watching the speed and altitude change so quickly. My favorite part was that beautiful girl’s smile in the second row.

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