NASA's Curiosity Mars landing successful, first pictures trickling in

After "seven minutes of terror" involving guided entry, parachute and powered descent, and even a sky crane, NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. Better yet, the 2,000lbs (900kg) science lab has established communications with Earth and is sending back telemetry along with the first pictures of Gale crater. These initial grayscale images are only 256 x 256 pixels in size but show Curiosity's shadow on the Martian soil. Peek at our galley below and stay tuned for updates.

Update: Hit the break to check out a video of all the "seven minutes of terror" highlights.

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NASA's Curiosity first pictures of Mars

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NASA's Curiosity Mars landing successful, first pictures trickling in (video)