Shadow of Mars rover "Curiosity" on the red planet, Aug. 6, 2012
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA's robotic explorer called Curiosity is on Mars, beaming black-and-white images of the red planet.
Curiosity landed successfully in a crater overnight, drawing cheers, applause and some tears at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over the next two years, the rover will travel the crater floor, scooping up soil and looking for signs of life.
Mars Curiosity team leader says the new rover has "landed in a nice flat spot."
NASA's seventh landing on Mars is being called an engineering tour de force, using never-before-tried acrobatics with a Hollywood-style finish. Cables delicately lowered the rover to the ground at two mph from a hovering rocket pack.
The Associated Press