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Landing Night

Landing Night 

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on the Red Planet.
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Curiosity Team in Mission Control

Curiosity Team in Mission Control 

The Mars Science Lab team cheers after learning the Curiosity rover has landed safely on Mars and see the rover's first images start coming in.
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Hands Held High

Hands Held High 

Mission scientists, flight controllers, managers and administrators raise their hands to a cheering crowd at a news conference following the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars.
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The Curiosity rover’s Entry, Descent and Landing team (EDL) arrives at the post-landing press conference to cheers and celebration.
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Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy 

Miguel San Martin, Chief Engineer for Guidance, Navigation and Control for the Curiosity rover, pauses to hold back tears as he leads the Entry, Descent and Landing team into the post-landing news briefing.
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Engineers Celebrate Curiosity's Landing

Engineers Celebrate Curiosity's Landing 

The Entry, Descent and Landing team gathers to celebrate prior to a post-landing press briefing.
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'We've Got Thumbnails'

'We've Got Thumbnails' 

Scientists are overjoyed after seeing the Curiosity rover’s first initial images showing a wheel resting on the Martian soil.
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Science Team Celebrates Landing

Science Team Celebrates Landing 

Members of the Curiosity science team jump out of their seats and cheer when they hear that the Curiosity rover has successfully landed on the Martian surface.
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Parachute Deployment!

Parachute Deployment! 

Excitement builds at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory when news of a successful parachute deployment from the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft reaches the science team.
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Team Gathers in Control Room

Team Gathers in Control Room 

As the Curiosity rover hurdles toward Mars on the last leg of its journey, the Mars Science Laboratory Mission Operations Team assemble in Mission Control at the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
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Getting Ready for Landing

Getting Ready for Landing 

The Mars Science Laboratory mission team prepares for entry, descent and landing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space Flight Operations Facility in Pasadena, Calif., as Curiosity is hours from landing.
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Curiosity's EDL Team

Curiosity's EDL Team 

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on the day of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on the Red Planet. The rover touched down on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).
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The Entry, Descent and Landing War Room

The Entry, Descent and Landing War Room 

This image shows Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) "war room" and its staff. On the night of Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (early morning Aug. 6 EDT), 34 engineers gathered in this room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to support the landing.
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Meet Many of the Women of Mars!

Meet Many of the Women of Mars! 

This picture features some of the women working on the Curiosity rover, taken in the "Mars Yard," a simulated martian landscape right here at JPL.
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Sifting through the "Martian Soil"

Sifting through the "Martian Soil" 

It takes a whole team to operate Curiosity's arm. Pictured here are just a few of the team members who put their "muscle" to work every day to help operate Curiosity's arm on Mars.
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Check Out What's in MY Garage!

Check Out What's in MY Garage! 

This is a picture of some of the women working on the Curiosity rover posing with Curiosity's mobility double, "Scarecrow," used to test drive under different soil conditions in the JPL "Mars Yard."
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Hanging Out with the Test Rover

Hanging Out with the Test Rover 

Pictured here are a few of the women working on Mars with the Curiosity test rover model in the background. The image was taken in the "Mars Yard" where the ground test model of the Curiosity rover is housed.
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While numerous individuals make vital contributions without which this mission could not occur, key team members include:

Jet Propulsion Laboratory MSL Management During Surface Operations
Project Manager Jim Erickson
Deputy Project Manager Steve Lee
Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada
Deputy Project Scientist Joy Crisp
Project Administrator Cindy Robles
Project Staff Assistant Rosemary Torres
Mission Manager Andrew Mishkin
Mission Lead Nagin Cox, Dan Gaines
Mission Assurance Manager Charlie Bell
Business Office Manager Steve Tier
Integrated Planning & Execution Team Chief Alicia Allbaugh
Deputy Integrated Planning & Execution Team Chief Colette Lohr
Assistant Integrated Planning & Execution Team Chief Debarati Chattopadhyay
Engineering Operations Team Chief Beth Dewell
Deputy Engineering Operations Team Chief Diana Trujillo
Real-Time Operations and Ground Data System Manager Navid Dehghani
Real-Time Operations Team Chief Alex Cervantes
Science Operations Team Chief Nicole Spanovich
Science Instruments and Contracts Manager Jeff Simmonds

Jet Propulsion Laboratory MSL Management During Development
Project Manager Pete Theisinger
Deputy Project Manager Richard Cook
Project Scientist John Grotzinger
Deputy Project Scientists Joy Crisp
Ashwin Vasavada
Chief Engineers Rob Manning and Joel Krajewski
Integrated System Engineering Lead Dara Sabahi
Project Systems Engineer Dara Sabahi
Deputy Project Systems Engineer Grace Tan-Wang
Flight System Manager Matt Wallace
Deputy Flight System Managers Jordan Evans
Mission System Manager Mike Watkins
Payload Manager John "Jeff" Simmonds
Mission Assurance Manager Richard Kemski
Launch Services and MultiMission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Office Manager David Woerner

Meet the Martians

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Meet the people from around the world who have made contributions to the exploration of Mars at: We are the Martians