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August 6, 2012

By Rachel L. Smith

Research & Collections

The Rover has Landed!!! Congrats to the Mars Science Laboratory team!

Amazing photos on NASA TV!

NASA, you have impressed us again.So cool what we little humans can do!

Curiosity and its amazing robotic laboratory could operate for decades on Mars, powered by a “radioisotope thermoelectric generator”, meaning it uses the electricity generated from the heat of a chunk of plutonium. How cool is that?!

First “Tweets” from Mars:

Has the excitement of our success and challenges in space exploration changed much in over 40 years? ….

See more photos in this gallery capturing yesterday’s excitement:

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