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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