More than just a scientific mission, Mars rover Curiosity’s final, frightening descent stirred up plenty of emotions, from both the engineers who piloted it and from spectators around the world. We all held our breath as the rover went through the “seven minutes of terror” that was the landing–and then celebrated when news came of a successful finale. It was beautiful, and we’ve collected some of the best reactions to its descent, as well as some of the early pictures Curiosity sent back to Earth.
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The “Dark Room”
Through the “Seven Minutes of Terror”
After News of the Landing
Before and After
First Color Image
The Landing’s Aftermath