Video - Mars Rover touches down successfully - Aug. 6, 2012
Mission control bursts into applause after receiving landing signals and the first pictures from the Mars rover Curiosity - August 6, 2012
Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror:
Experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL ) share the challenges of Curiosity's rover final 7 minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.
Curiosity is a Mars rover launched by NASA on November 26, 2011. Currently en route to the planet, it is scheduled to land in Gale Crater on August 5, 2012 (US Pacific time). The rover's objectives include searching for past or present life, studying the Martian climate, studying Martian geology, and collecting data for a future manned mission to Mars. It will explore Mars for 2 years.