The “seven minutes of terror” are over for the Mars rover, which touched down successfully on the red planet on Sunday night.
In the days ahead, Curiosity will begin an analysis of its instruments and subsystems, take photographs of its surroundings, and begin using some of its 10 scientific instruments. The team at Caltech expects that it will be at least a week before the rover goes for its first spin on Mars.
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