Nasa rover Curiosity lands on surface of Mars

The rover had survived a make-or-break descent and landing attempt to touch down in Mars

  • The Mars Rover Curiosity
    This artists rendering provided by Nasa shows the Mars Rover, Curiosity. Image Credit: AP/Nasa
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    An artist's concept of Nasa's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. Image Credit: Reuters/Nasa
  • The Mars Rover Curiosity
    Image shot off a video screen from Nasa TV shows members of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team celebrating Image Credit: Reuters/Nasa
  • The Mars Rover Curiosity
    In this image from Nasa TV, shot off a video screen, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover is pictu Image Credit: Reuters/Nasa
  • The Mars Rover Curiosity
    At the US Space and Rocket Center, hundreds watch images on the big screen from Nasa's Mars Curiosity, whi Image Credit: AP
  • The Mars Rover Curiosity
    A general view shows a 70 metre dish (left) and 34metre dish (right) that are tracking Nasa's Mars science Image Credit: AFP
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    This August 2, 2012 file photo shows Nick Lam, data controller, monitoring the Mars rover Curiosity from the D Image Credit: AP
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California: The Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Martian surface shortly after 10:30pm Pacific time on Sunday (0530 GMT on Monday) to begin a two-year mission seeking evidence the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life, Nasa said.
 
Mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles said they received signals relayed by a Martian orbiter confirming that the rover had survived a make-or-break descent and landing attempt to touch down as planned inside a vast impact crater.
 
Nasa has described the feat as perhaps the most complex ever in robotic spaceflight.
 
The $2.5 billion Curiosity project, formally called the Mars Science Laboratory, is Nasa's first astrobiology mission since the 1970s-era Viking probes.
 
The landing, a major victory for a US space agency beleaguered by budget cuts and the recent loss of its space shuttle program, was greeted with raucous applause and tears of joy by jubilant engineers and scientists at mission control.