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Mars Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on the Red Planet

First Images from the Mars Curiosity Rover

First Images from the Mars Curiosity Rover

Tonight was the first time in my life where I have experience the thrill and exhilaration of watching a live broadcast of a craft touchdown on Mars over 350 million miles away.  I tuned in and watched the live streaming broadcast huddled in front of my laptop while on our yearly vacation to Lake Tahoe.  My son and wife watched along as I patiently waited for mission control to give the word that the Curiosity had made it safely to Mars.  As the rover entered Mars’ atmosphere, my excitement grew as I anxiously awaited the news!  With zero room for error, the computer controlled landing of the rover was executed flawlessly, just in time for the Odyssey satellite to relay back crucial data and images of the touchdown.  I felt a great sense of pride and emotion as I witnessed this historic event live!  Here are some images I captured from the control room as I was watching the live steaming feed.

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