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NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain


First image by Curiosity rover

This is the first image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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