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Watch the Nail-biting 7 Minutes of Terror in JPL’s Mission Control

Live through the tense moments of waiting to find out if the Curiosity rover made it safely to Mars’ surface and the joy and elation of six more wheels on Mars.

UPDATE: Shortly after we posted this NASA video late last night/early this morning of the events that took place in JPL’s mission Control, it was taken down in due to a copyright claim by Scripps Local News. As you can see in the comments below, everyone was wondering how public domain footage from NASA could be copyrighted. Motherboard and Gizmodo uncovered what actually happened in Scripps’ “zealous takedown spree,” wrote Gizmodo. “They have a history of this sort of thing. The video has since gone back up, but it stands a particular egregious example of the way YouTube’s Content ID system allows third parties to shoot first and ask questions later when it comes to takedowns.” Read more about it at those two links.

And thanks to Raam Dev who supplied a back-up version of the events that we could post in the interim. His video is below.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Chesire August 6, 2012, 7:23 AM

    the video has been taken down :/

  • Steve Webb August 6, 2012, 7:31 AM

    Scripps pulled that video. Is there another copy of it anywhere?

  • Daniel Koganas August 6, 2012, 7:45 AM
  • Manuel Falcon August 6, 2012, 7:54 AM

    That sucks.

  • Jacek B. August 6, 2012, 7:58 AM

    What copyright?! This is a NASA and/or JPL mission, no f**k Scripps!

  • NancyAtkinson August 6, 2012, 8:36 AM

    OK, we’ve got a good version up now! No idea what could have been copyrighted on a NASA TV feed…

    • John Weaver August 6, 2012, 3:36 PM

      It has nothing to do with whether anything was actually copyrighted. The way the regulations have been written, anyone can claim copyright and the video is automatically blocked without an investigation into the truth of that claim. It’s pretty messed up.

  • DrFlimmer August 6, 2012, 10:05 AM

    Now that’s nice! :)

  • Jared Akers August 6, 2012, 12:16 PM

    What an inspiring moment in history. Hearing the words “touchdown confirmed, we’re safe on mars” almost brought me to tears.

  • Thex1138 August 6, 2012, 12:36 PM

    The eagle has landed!

  • Aqua4U August 6, 2012, 4:02 PM

    So cool…. I was up until 1:30 a.m. PST watching the UT stream and NASA TV. In a word? YIPPEE! GO Curiosity!

    • Mean_deviatioN August 7, 2012, 4:42 AM

      I agree! Apparently flawless execution. Congrats to all concerned…and I didn’t even have my fingers crossed. And I was up WAY past 4:00pm AEST!

  • Bunnyman09 August 6, 2012, 6:10 PM

    Stunning, historic event. What incredible technology! Soft-landing on Mars then getting images minutes later? Simply astonishing.

  • justletmepostdammit August 7, 2012, 7:07 AM

    It is funny because the landing have already happened at least 14 mins ago and those worries in the control room seems a bit pointless since it is totally automated. Failure or not, they are no longer in direct control at that point.