Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars After Risky Descent

Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars After Risky Descent

Telecom engineer Peter Ilott hugs a colleague, celebrating a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on August 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California. Photograph: Brian van der Brug-Pool via Getty Images