The US space agency
has just landed a huge new robot rover on Mars.
It will now embark on
a mission of at least two years to look for evidence that Mars may once have
The mission has even
already sent its first low-resolution images - showing the rover's wheel and
its shadow, through a dust-covered lens cap that has yet to be removed.
A first colour image
of Curiosity's surroundings should be returned in the next couple of days.
scientists who have worked on this project for the best part of 10 years punched
the air and hugged each other.
"We're on Mars
again, and it's absolutely incredible," said Nasa administrator Charles
Bolden. "It doesn't get any better than this."