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Look at This: Telescope Spies Mars Science Laboratory Descending to the Martian Surface

By Veronique Greenwood | August 6, 2012 12:24 pm

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Mars Science Laboratory descending
to the surface, as seen by Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter.

It has been quite a morning, science fans.

In the wee hours, after traveling Mars-ward for months, the Mars Science Laboratory executed its nail-biting landing maneuver, nicknamed by NASA engineers “Seven Minutes of Terror.”  The $2.5 billion craft, bearing the largest-ever Mars rover, Curiosity, autonomously sped into the Martian atmosphere, threw out a parachute, blew off its heat shield, blasted rockets downwards to slow itself, split in two, and lowered one half of itself, the rover, down to the surface, where Curiosity opened its camera eyes and began sending pictures back to Earth.

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