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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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. 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.