August 06, 2012
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Mission managers, flight controllers, and scientists spoke at a press conference after the Mars rover Curiosity successfully landed.
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Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday.
Minutes after the landing signal reached Earth, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from Mars.
Scientists worked inside the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before the rover landed.
Spectators in New York City's Times Square watched a live feed of the rover's landing.
Steve Collins waited during what was dubbed the "seven minutes of terror" as the rover approached the surface of Mars.
An artist's rendering showed how the Curiosity rover was to be dropped onto the surface of Mars.
The rover landed in Mars' Gale Crater, shown here in an undated image from NASA.
The Curiosity rover (right) was shown next to previous Mars rovers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Those associated with the successful rover landing couldn't hide their excitement.