Curiosity’s Landing Through the Eyes of One of Her 3,000 Builders

Article written: 15 Aug , 2012
Updated: 4 Jan , 2016

We all have seminal moments that mark our lives; some just are way more cool than others. Mark Rober designs spacecraft at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is just one of over 3,000 people who helped design, build, tweak, launch, navigate and land the Curiosity Rover on Mars. “I spent 7 years working NASA’s Curiosity Rover,” Rober said via Twitter. “I made this video to try to capture what it felt like to see her land.”

Seven years of his life came down to seven minutes of terror… or in Mark’s case, seven minutes of shivering.

Congrats, Mark, and to all your thousands of compatriots. Thanks for sharing the journey with the rest of us.

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6 Responses

  1. Jocuri says

    We are proud of all the people who have contributed to the building of Curiosity

  2. Awesome video! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing. We are all very proud of everyone of you!

  4. That’s a beautiful movie. Now stop chopping those onions!

  5. Alea_Jacta_Est says

    I was almost as nerve racked as all of those dedicated people watching the whole event.
    Then when the most anticipated news finally came…YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, WOO
    OOOOOOOOOO…. ASTOUNDING… Jumping all around with my 14 years old son in
    Sherbrooke, Canada. Great job NASA!!!!!!!!

  6. Seeing more of this human element really makes the whole experience more ‘real’ and organic for me! Thanks SO much, Nancy for sharing this with UT readers like myself!

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