NASA rover Curiosity lands successfully on Mars Cables lowered craft to surface ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Mission managers, flight controllers, and scientists spoke at a press conference after the Mars rover Curiosity successfully landed. Brian van der Brug/AP Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday. JPL-Caltech/NASA/AP Minutes after the landing signal reached Earth, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from Mars. Brian van der Brug/AP Scientists worked inside the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before the rover landed. John Minchillo/AP Spectators in New York City's Times Square watched a live feed of the rover's landing. Brian van der Brug/AP Steve Collins waited during what was dubbed the "seven minutes of terror" as the rover approached the surface of Mars. NASA-JPL/REUTERS An artist's rendering showed how the Curiosity rover was to be dropped onto the surface of Mars. NASA/AP The rover landed in Mars' Gale Crater, shown here in an undated image from NASA. JPL-Caltech/NASA/REUTERS The Curiosity rover (right) was shown next to previous Mars rovers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Damian Dovarganes/AP Those associated with the successful rover landing couldn't hide their excitement.