Mission Control at ESOC

Today was a great day for the Americans and especially for NASA (we Europeans had shares in that too): The car-sized rover Curiosity has landed successfully on Mars.

On NASA’s webpage you will find always latest news and information about the mission progress and you can even connect with Curiosity on Twitter and Facebook. The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.

A few of the pictures I took this morning (it was worth getting up at 4 am!) at the German Space Headquarters ESOC in Darmstadt.

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