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NASA goes nuts over Mars landing

POSTED: 11:20 AM PDT Aug 09, 2012    UPDATED: 04:34 AM PDT Aug 28, 2012 

Emotions were sky high after NASA's rover Curiosity successfully landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and the world continues to watch in fascination as the rover beams back images of the Martian surface.

Curisoity slideshow - View of Curiosity's heat shield
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NASA/JPL-Caltech

The first photos sent back weren’t from the rover itself, but were captured by the Mars Descent Imager as the rover landed. This photo shows the 15-foot heat shield from about 50 feet away.

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