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Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

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On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, exalted at radio confirmation and first images from Curiosity after the rover's touchdown using a new "sky crane" landing method. Transmissions at the speed of light took nearly 14 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth, which that day were about 154 million miles (248 million kilometers) apart

Watch some of the amazing footage of the 5 years of Curiosity in the link below!

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Last Updated: February 25, 2018
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