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Mars Curiosity Rover Lands on Red Planet FIRST IMAGE, Seven Minutes of Terror Video

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 6, 2012 at 12:35AM

Check out this NASA video, "Seven Minutes of Terror," that details how the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. It was on its own for the rapid seven-minute landing on the surface of the red planet because it takes 14 minutes for the the Rover to communicate with Earth--it all happened Sunday night at 10:30 Pacific Time.
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Rover Photo on Mars
Rover Photo on Mars

Check out this NASA video, "Seven Minutes of Terror," that details how the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. It was on its own for the rapid seven-minute landing on the surface of the red planet because it takes 14 minutes for the the Rover to communicate with Earth--it all happened Sunday night around 10:30 Pacific Time. Here's the NASA link where you can stay up-to-date, as well as @NASA on Twitter. Here's one of the first pictures trasmitted after they landed. CNet is also covering. And Time.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mars Curiosity Rover
Mars Curiosity Rover

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.