NASA TV Capture of MSL Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars

Published on Aug 5, 2012 by 
This is a screen capture of the 5 minutes before, and 5 minutes after, the NASA MSL Curiosity rover landed on Mars. The entire mission control room bursts into cheers around time 5:30 upon confirmation of landing and the first images arrive around time 7:30.

Alongside the NASA TV stream I have running the Eyes on the Solar System computer simulation that was using live telemetry data to show what was happening in near real-time. All of this was captured on my laptop in Australia, which was streaming the event over the 3G connection on my iPhone. See more updates and images from NASA's MSL homepage:

In 1970, a NASA scientist wrote to a nun working with starving kids in Africa and defended costly space exploration. If you think spending money on space is a waste, read this:

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