NASA’s Rover Lands on Mars

PASADENA, Calif. (CNN) —┬áNASA’s $2.6 billion rover, Curiosity, successfully touched down on the surface of Mars early Monday.

Mission control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California burst into cheers when Curiosity landed.

The SUV-sized spacecraft made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.” ┬áScientists have been waiting a long time for this moment: since November 26th of last year.

Among the tools Curiosity is carrying include 17 cameras, a laser that can survey the composition of rocks from a distance, and instruments that can analyze soil and rock samples.

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