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Gallery: Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Success

Steltzner Reacts to Curiosity Landing

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent and Landing Engineer Adam Steltzner reacts after the Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars and as first images start coming in to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif.

Mars Rover Photographs Mars Surface Dust Swirls

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This image from Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager illustrates the roughly circular swirls of dust kicked up from the Martian surface by the rocket motor exhaust. At this point, Curiosity is about 70 feet (20 meters) above the surface. This dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above. Curiosity landed on Mars on the night of Aug. 5, and this photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity Landing From Orbit

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spotted descending to the Martian surface under its parachute in this amazing photo by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Aug. 5 PDT, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity Photographs Surface of Mars

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This image was obtained by Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager and is representative of the images acquired once the Curiosity rover was resting on the surface of Mars after touchdown. It illustrates a narrow sunlit strip of the pebble-covered surface while the rest of the view is in the shadow of the rover. It was taken seconds after touchdown on the night of Aug. 5, 2012. The photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity: 1st Photo on Mars

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This first image from the Mars rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars shows the rover's shadow as seen by a navigation camera. NASA released the image just minutes after the rover's successful Aug. 5 PDT, 2012 landing.

One of the First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

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Curiosity immediately began beaming back images from Mars after landing, as seen at JPL, Pasadena, CA, August 5, 2012.

MSL Team Members See First Thumbnail from Curiosity Rover on Mars

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MSL team members react with jubilation as the first thumbnail from Curiosity rover arrives at JPL in Pasadena, CA, August 5, 2012.

1st Thumbnail from Curiosity Rover

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Very first image from Curiosity rover on Mars, as seen at JPL in Pasadena, CA, August 5, 2012.

Touchdown!

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JPL technicians react to the news that Curiosity has landed on Mars, August 6, 2012.

MSL Press Conference Panelists Exulting

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MSL press conference panelists raising arms in exultation following the succesful landing of Curiosity rover on Mars, August 5, 2012.

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