The Madeleine Brand Show for August 6, 2012

NASA's Curiosity makes it to Mars

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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The project leadership team for the Curiosity mission to Mars prepares to take a bow before a press conference at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena late Sunday night.

Mars Image

NASA

One of the first high resolution images taken from Mars rover Curiosity's onboard cameras

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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A JPL engineer celebrates with his colleagues in the newsroom area of JPL on Sunday night.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Members of the project leadership team pass out high fives to engineers from mission control before a press conference at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Sunday night.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Veronica McGregor, social media manager for JPL, reacts as pictures roll in from the surface of Mars from cameras onboard the Curiosity rover.


Last night was a perfect evening for taking pictures. The air was crisp, clear and the temperature was negative 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

We're talking about Mars, of course, and the picture-taker in question? The rover Curiosity, which landed late last night

KPCC's Sanden Totten was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and he joins the show to fill us in on the scene.


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