Curiosity has landed

6 Aug

Curiosity, aka The Mars Science Laboratory, touched down as scheduled at 1:31am EDT on the morning of August 6, 2012 (10:31pm PDT August 5, 2012) after a 254-day journey that covered some 567 million kilometres.

And here is an image from descent captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), one of three satellites that is in orbit around Mars:

The MRO captures this image of Curiosity during descent, seen with its parachute deployed

After watching that video and seeing this image, my only real question is: Who needs science fiction or reality television? What you just watched in that video actually happened – IN REAL LIFE – last night, on another planet 248 million kilometres away.

Simply incredible.

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