The Curiosity Rover safely arrived on the surface of Mars, and immediately sent back photos--this one of its shadow, with the Martian mountain in the distance where it will soon be heading. Ten years in the making, eight months in transit from Earth, the largest rover ever to be deployed (it's the size of a car) will tune up for awhile before beginning its two year mission. After a perfect landing in the spectacular Gale Crater, which scientists chose because it shows evidence of having been partly sculpted by water, Curiosity will explore the terrain looking for evidence that life may have existed on Mars--or (in microbial form) still does exist.
here. Meanwhile, congratulations to the NASA team. And to the American people who supported this mission.