The Amazing Quest of Curiosity Bound for Planet Mars

We are posting here several video clips courtesy of NASA following the incredible journey of a rover designed to gather more scientific information about Mars and can withstand the hostile Martian environment. Enjoy and be informed.

It must be recalled that a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Florida) launched NASA’s Mars Science Lab (MSL) spacecraft. The liftoff came right on time on the first opportunity at 10:02 a.m. EST, Nov. 26, 2011.

This 11-minute video depicts key events of how NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission rover Curiosity land on Mars on August 5/6, 2012. Credit: NASA

Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror
Below is another informative video from NASA captioned “Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror.” Team members share the challenges of Curiosity’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Phoning Home – Communicating from Mars
How will we know if Curiosity has landed safely on the surface of Mars? Then, watch the next video below. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Note: All videos and photo (our screen photo grab from video courtesy of NASA).

Update
Tens of millions watched the NASA live coverage of the landing of Curiosity shortly after 10:40 PM, Pacific Daylight Saving Time (USA), August 5, 2012 or just after 1:40 PM, August 6, Bicol time. Below are the first two photos sent back by Curiosity, courtesy of NASA.

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