NASA lands craft on Mars

Daily Echo: NASA lands craft on Mars NASA lands craft on Mars

THE most high-tech Mars rover built landed on the red planet today.

Nasa said it received a signal from the Curiosity rover after a plunge through the Martian atmosphere described as ''seven minutes of terror''.

The rover is the size of a small car, so engineers had to come up with a new way to set it down. For the first time cables were used to lower the rover inside of a giant crater.

At 2.5 billion dollars (£1.6bn), it is the most ambitious and priciest Mars mission yet.

For the next two years, the rover will drill into rocks and scoop up soil. It will be exploring whether the planet's environment could have supported life in the form of microscopic organisms.

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9:25am Mon 6 Aug 12

Over the Edge says...

I bet that brightened up the people's lives in Millbrook this morning.
I bet that brightened up the people's lives in Millbrook this morning. Over the Edge

7:20pm Mon 6 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

£1.6billion. 'What a ride' I just hope it helps them work, rest and play!
£1.6billion. 'What a ride' I just hope it helps them work, rest and play! bazzeroz

7:53pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Wipee wippee that a mega Mars Bar.
Wipee wippee that a mega Mars Bar. Fatty x Ford Worker

7:53pm Tue 7 Aug 12

downfader says...

Anyone on twitter - NASA have been tweeting the new pics, worth "following" their Curiosity and NASA accounts for that.
Anyone on twitter - NASA have been tweeting the new pics, worth "following" their Curiosity and NASA accounts for that. downfader

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