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Mars Rover Curiosity's Landing Day at JPL (Photos)

Model of Curiosity on JPL Grounds

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A full-scale model of Curiosity on display at JPL prior to the actual rover's landing on Mars, August 5, 2012.

Pre-Landing Press Conference

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The scene just before NASA's last pre-landing press conference regarding Curiosity rover on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

June Lockhart

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Actress June Lockhart ("Lost in Space," "Lassie") stopped by the media room on the night of Curiosity's landing, August 5, 2012.

Seth Green

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Actor Seth Green came to JPL for Curiosity's landing on Aug. 5, 2012.

JPL Grounds Before Curiosity Landing

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Scientists and guests mingled on the grounds of JPL in the hours before Curiosity's landing attempt on Aug. 5, 2012.

Reporters Covering Curiosity Rover Landing

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Reporters at JPL write up stories a few hours before Curiosity began its plunge through the Martian atmosphere, August 5, 2012. Interviewed at JPL Before Curiosity Rover Landing

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Musician (center left) conducts an interview in front of a full-size model of the Curiosity rover on Aug. 5, 2012.

News Trucks in the JPL Parking Lot

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A shot of the news trucks in the JPL parking lot, Pasadena, CA, August 5, 2012. and Curiosity Rover Mock Up

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Musician, center, listens to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Sciences and Exploration Directorate Chief Scientist Jim Garvin talk next to a mock up of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity as Astronaut and NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin looks on at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) a few hours ahead of the the planned landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif.

Reporters Watch MSL Landing

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Reporters and assorted guests watch the NASA TV feed at JPL shortly before the Curiosity rover touched down on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012.

Landing High Five

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Curiosity's entry, descent and landing team receives congratulations from NASA officials and mission leaders at a post-landing press conference on Aug. 5, 2012.

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SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.