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Curiosity lands on Mars

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  • Rover is the size of a small car
  • Delivered to the surface by rocket powered 'sky crane'
Curiosity lands on Mars

Cheers, hugs and tears erupted in Mission Control as confirmation came that the Mars rover Curiosity had landed safely on the 4th rock from the Sun.

At 1:14:39 AM eastern time the small-car-sized robot was set down on the surface of Mars using a daring, new system called a "sky crane." 

NASA live blogged the entire sequence of events between the time Curiosity entered the Martian atmosphere and its touchdown that have come to be known as "7 minutes of terror."

Less than an hour later a tweet from the @MarsCuriosity account showing one of the rover's very first images:

It 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 pic.twitter.com/uzO99NZz

The image is one of several that were transmitted quickly after the landing.  It's grainy and black and white, but more high resolution photos and videos will be coming soon.

Morning Express with Robin Meade will show you the celebration and all the most recent images from the surface of Mars starting at 6am ET on HLN.

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