NASA's rover 'Curiosity' has survived a harrowing journey to Mars and has lived to tweet about it, as its engineers celebrated back home. Only minutes after touchdown, the rover's cheerful Twitter account began posting photos, saying, "No photo or it didn't happen? Well lookee here."

Through a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics, NASA precisely positioned a second satellite orbiting Mars to capture the split second when Curiosity fell from the skies.





Aug. 5, 2012: In this frame provided by NASA of a stop motion video taken during the NASA rover Mars landing, the heat shield falls away during Curiosity's descent to the surface of Mars.
Aug. 6, 2012: The shadow of NASA's Curiosity can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. In the distance the highest peak of Mount Sharp rises about 3.4 miles, taller than Mt. Whitney in California. The Curiosity team hopes to investigate the mountain's lower layers, which may hold clues to past environmental change.
Source: AP/NASA/JPL-Caltech


Aug. 7,2012: The first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater where NASA's rover Curiosity landed Sunday night. The picture was taken by the rover's camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera's cover.
Source: AP Photo/NASA
Aug. 5, 2012: Image shot off a video screen from NASA TV shows members of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team celebrating inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory after receiving the first few images from the Curiosity rover, in Pasadena, California

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