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    Default Wild celebrations as one-ton rover lands on Mars

    After travelling 352 million miles in eight-and-a-half months, Nasa's rover Curiosity finally landed on Mars at 5.32 GMT (1.32 EDT) this morning.
    The high-tech craft hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000mph, and was then slowly lowered by a radical floating 'sky crane' before gently arriving in a massive crater.
    The news was greeted with cheers and shouts in Nasa's Pasadena Mission Control, and within seconds the craft had sent back the first pictures of its new home.


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    Curiosity later sent back the first high resolution picture of its landing site, showing one of its wheels on the martian surface. Colour images are expected later this week.
    Jubilant scientists hugged, wept and distributed Mars bars to each other as mission controllers confirmed the landing.
    'Touchdown confirmed', controllers said.
    'We are wheels down on Mars. Oh my God.'
    The rover even has a Twitter feed associated with it, announcing its arrival by saying: 'I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!'
    Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden hailed the success as a big step towards sending men to the red planet.

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    Curiosity on the surface of mars: Within seconds of landing, the rover sent back these images. In the left hand picture, the shadow of the rover can be clearly seen, while rocks on the surface can also be seen.

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    The mission was hailed by President Obama, who said: 'Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history.
    'The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future.
    'It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.'

    Flight System Manager Matt Wallace (C) and MSL Lead Flight Director David Oh (2nd R) celebrate curiosity's successful landing
    The trickiest moment of the landing came in a truly out of this world gymnastics routine during Curiosity's 'seven minutes of terror' plummet through the atmosphere.
    When the rover had safely navigated its landing and touched down on the face of the Red Planet, Nasa scientists exploded with delight and some even broke down in tears, overwhelmed at the success of the decades-long project.

    Nasa's Pasadena mission control room erupts with cheers as scientists recieve the first images from the Curiosity mars rover
    The team are already busy analysing the first images from the rover.
    'Curiosity's landing site is beginning to come into focus,' said John Grotzinger, project manager of Nasa's Mars Science Laboratory mission at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
    'In the first HD image (above) we are looking to the northwest.
    'What you see on the horizon is the rim of Gale Crater.
    'In the foreground, you can see a gravel field.

    Curiosity's new home: The Gale Crater on Mars, where the rover landed.
    'The question is, where does this gravel come from? It is the first of what will be many scientific questions to come from our new home on Mars.'
    Curiosity's trajectory was so accurate that engineers decided to wave off a last chance to tweak its position before atmosphere entry. 'We're ready to head in,' said mission manager Brian Portock.
    As part of a long-running tradition, flight controllers broke out the 'good luck' peanuts before Curiosity took the plunge.



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    Target: The area known as Gale crater area where Nasa's Curiosity rover landed

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    Hain ???

    Ye kab gaya yahan se ?? Ab ye kya karega wahan ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by gracefulguy View Post
    Hain ???

    Ye kab gaya yahan se ?? Ab ye kya karega wahan ????

    traces of microbial life doondna hai ... .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by basanti<<< View Post
    traces of microbial life doondna hai ... .....
    Galat hai ye sab....world economy theek karo.....fuel prices control karo......ladai / wars sab bund karo...uske baad ye sab karo....

    awain time waste.......

    Lekin nice thread Basu...........:-))
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    Curiosity rover sends back first colour picture from the red planet

    After travelling 352 million miles in eight-and-a-half months, you could be forgiven for expecting Nasa's Curiosity rover to take things easy and adjust to its new surroundings.
    However, the rover was hard at work, and today sent back its first colour image, revealing the Gale crater where it landed, and where it will soon begin looking for the ingredients for life.



    This hazy view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the afternoon of the first day after landing.
    Nasa refers to today as Sol 1, which is the first Martian day of operations.
    In the distance, the image shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater.
    The image is murky because the MAHLI's removable dust cover is apparently coated with dust blown onto the camera during the rover's terminal descent.

    Curiosity yesterday sent back a picture of its view towards Mount Sharp, where it will carry out most of its experiments.

    Michael Malin, principal investigator, Mars Descent Imager on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), reveals the dust cloud blown up by Curiosity as it landed on the red planet.
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