Relive the nail-biting terror and joy as NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).
Transcript:Things are looking good. Coming up on entry
Vehicle reports entry interface
We're beginning to feel the atmosphere as we go in here
Alright, it is reporting that we are seeing G's on the order of 11 or 12 earth G's
Bank reversal 2 is starting
We are now getting telemetry from Odyssey
We should have parachute deploy around Mach 1.7
Parachute has deployed
We are decelerating
Heat shield has separated, we are locked on the ground
We're down to 90 meters per second at an altitude of 6.5 kilometers and descending
Standing by for backshell separation
We are in powered flight
We are at altitude 1 kilometer and descending
Standing by for sky crane
Sky crane is starting
Signal from Odyssey remains strong
Touchdown confirmed! We're safe on Mars!
We got thumbnails. It's a wheel! It's a wheel!
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology