This was a very special time for NASA.... In this video, it shows us view the landing of the 1-ton Mars rover, Curiosity at the Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center/Park in Mountain View, CA on a big, outdoor screen. (sorry it's a bit shaky, I was cold and it was pretty chilly out!)
Me, Ellaine, Richie, my sis and cousin Steven witnessed and saw the landing of the Mars rover, Curiosity on Mars! During a critical period which lasted about seven minutes, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft carrying Curiosity had to decelerate from about 13,200 mph to about 1.7 mph for the rover to land on the surface at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT this evening. Curiosity would then investigate whether an area with a wet history inside Mars' Gale Crater ever has offered an environment favorable for microbial life. The mission is a precursor for future human missions to Mars.
After the dreaded 7 minutes of terror, Curiosity has finally landed safely on the red planet! This was when everyone was cheering and even some crying! We made history indeed! We are that much closer to finding out whether life did exist on Mars!! Shortly after its safe land, it also already sent the first thumbnail and photo(s)! You can see the horizon, the Martian surface and the wheel of Curiosity! It also shows the shadow of the rover!
This event took place at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA. It took place from 5 p.m. until midnight or so.
[Filmed at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Mountain View, CA on Sunday evening, August 5, 2012 with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]
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