Both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge — home to mission control — and NASA live-tweeted the landing. President Barack Obama congratulated the team of engineers for making what he called a "remarkable accomplishment" a reality. Actor Seth Green, who watched the landing from JPL, chimed in.
And in true Twitter fashion, even Curiosity was able to sound off on its landing. The rover has its own verified Twitter account: @MarsCuriosity.
Photo: Adam Steltzner, right, a leader of the landing team, said that if any one of 76 pyrotechnic explosions failed to occur before landing, "we die." Officials had spent much of the day Sunday speculating about how Curiosity might fail, and what the consequences might be for America's space program. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
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