Curiosity live tweets quirky updates from Mars
Posted on: 12:19 PM IST Aug 06, 2012
In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past. A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sunday night after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signalled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.
Minutes later, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from inside the crater showing its wheel and its shadow, cast by the afternoon sun. It was NASA's seventh landing on Earth's neighbour; many other attempts by the US and other countries to zip past, circle or set down on Mars have gone awry.The arrival was an engineering tour de force, debuting never-before-tried acrobatics packed into "seven minutes of terror" as Curiosity sliced through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. In a Hollywood-style finish, cables delicately lowered the rover to the ground at a snail-paced 2 mph. A video camera was set to capture the most dramatic moments - which would give earthlings their first glimpse of a touchdown on another world.And soon after it landed, Mars Curiosity's Twitter page had quirky updates for the world. Read the tweets here:####[View the story ”Mars Curiosity: The best tweets” on Storify]Mars Curiosity: The best tweetsStorified by IBNLive · Sun, Aug 05 2012 23:40:37It’s landing day & I’m hours from Mars! Watch my final @NASA prelanding briefing, Aug 5 9:30am PT (1630 UT) http://www.ustream.tv/nasajplCuriosity RoverRight now, I’m closer to Mars than the moon is to Earth. 28 hours to landing!Curiosity RoverBlinded by Science: Catch my @NASA science news briefing, today (Aug 5) at 3pm PDT (2200 UTC) http://www.ustream.tv/nasajplCuriosity Rover2 hours to Mars, 16,300 miles away and closing fast. Velocity = 8,900 mph. Watch live: http://bit.ly/MarsLive #MSLCuriosity RoverPass the Peanuts! Everyone’s eating peanuts, right? They’re an @NASAJPL good-luck tradition since Ranger 7 in 1964 #MSLCuriosity RoverWay to go, Odyssey! The Mars orbiter is in position to relay my communications during landing in real-time back to Earth #MSLCuriosity RoverCruise stage separation complete. So long & thanks for all the navigation. 17 minutes to Mars! #MSLCuriosity RoverI feel lighter & faster already. Cruise balance masses ejected and Mars is pulling me in #MSLCuriosity RoverEntering Mars’ atmosphere. 7. Minutes. Of. Terror. Starts. NOW. #MSLCuriosity RoverGuided entry is begun. Here I go! #MSLCuriosity RoverParachute deployed! Velocity 900 mph. Altitude 7 miles. 4 minutes to Mars! #MSLCuriosity RoverHeatshield separation. Next up: Radar must lock on ground #MSLCuriosity RoverBackshell separation. It’s just you & me now, descent stage. Engage all retrorockets! #MSLCuriosity RoverI’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSLCuriosity RoverYou asked for pics from my trip. Here you go! My 1st look (of many to come) of my new home… MARS! #MSL http://pic.twitter.com/894ouNJtCuriosity RoverNo photo or it didn’t happen? Well lookee here, I’m casting a shadow on the ground in Mars’ Gale crater #MSL http://pic.twitter.com/cj1zFJtyCuriosity RoverIt once was one small step… now it’s six big wheels. Here’s a look at one of them on the soil of Mars #MSL http://pic.twitter.com/uzO99NZzCuriosity RoverMeanwhile, back on Earth, my post-landing news conference is starting @NASAJPL. Watch live http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL #MSLCuriosity RoverTo the entire team & fans back on Earth, thank you, thank you. Now the adventure begins. Let’s dare mighty things together! #MSLCuriosity Rover