NASA releases video of Curiosity landing on Mars, images of Mount Sharp

NASA releases video of Curiosity landing on Mars, images of Mount Sharp

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Aug 07, 2012 at 1:35 AM PDT
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NASA has made public a video of its Curiosity rover in the last minutes of landing on Mars, an important addition to the extraordinary stream of images and videos that were made public around 24 hours following the rover’s successful landing on the red planet.

The video release followed release of the image of the picture-perfect descent of the rover, further adding to NASA’s ingenuity. The mission squad is now waiting for complete resolution frames of the landing – something which experts say would take some time. Once they are received, it will be the first complete peep into a spaceship landing on another planet.

“There are many out in the community who say NASA has lost its way, that we don’t know how to explore — we’ve lost our moxie,” said John M. Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate, according to the NY Times. “I want you to look around tonight, at those folks with the blue shirts and think about what we’ve achieved.”

Scientists at NASA's mission control center were excited and jubilant as they watched the video of Curiosity making a perfect descent on the Martian’s land on Aug. 6, with a journey of almost nine months behind it.

The extraordinary amalgamation of engineering and mathematics also made it possible for a NASA satellite orbiting Mars to take a photo of Curiosity falling from the skies to its victorious landing on the Martian planet.

"We have ended one phase of the mission much to our enjoyment," mission manager Mike Watkins said, according to Fox News. "But another part has just begun."

Seconds after landing on the red planet, Curiosity sent back pictures from its surface, including an image of Mars' Mount Sharp, the peak in Gale Crater that is likely to yield information regarding the planet's evolution.

According to scientists, the landing of Curiosity on Mars kicks off a new era of space exploration, as the rover could possibly stumble upon evidence that the planet once had the fundamental elements for life- or may even have it today.

It is pertinent to mention here that until Sunday the Soviet Union was the only country that had successfully landed anything on Mars. The Russian spaceship called Mars 3 landed on the red planet in 1971, but fell silent soon after landing. NASA’s Curiosity, so far, appears fit.

Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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