California, USA: The most high-tech rover NASA, Curiosity, has successfully landed on the surface of Mars (Today) on Monday.
The Curiosity rover was said to hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph.With Curiosity on autopilot, engineers became spectators, anxiously waiting to see if Curiosity executes the routine as planned.
Steven Lee engineer at NASA said that ”I’m not the nervous type, but I haven’t been sleeping all that well the last week or so even though I’m still very confident.”
”NASA was ready for the Super Bowl of planetary exploration. We score and win or we don’t score and we don’t win,” said Doug McCuistion, head of the Mars exploration program at NASA headquarters.
The touchdown attempt was especially very important and worth waiting because NASA was testing a brand new landing technique designed a month ago. Curiosity was on autopilot because of the communication delay between Mars and Earth.