Video: NASA's Rover 'Curiosity' Lands on Mars

| by Michael Allen

After years of work, NASA’s rover, named 'Curiosity,' successfully landed on Mars, setting off a celebration at NASA (videos below).

Oddly, broadcast networks reportedly did not break away from their usual programming to cover Curiosity's landing.

The Los Angeles Times reports the announcement that the Curiosity had landed set off a celebration for members at mission control inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. said: “Everybody in the morning should be sticking their chest out saying: ‘That’s my rover on Mars.'"

NY Daily News reports that the Mars landing took more than eight months and covered 352 million miles. 

NASA was worried about the landing, called the "seven minutes pof terror" because the nuclear-powered Curiosity weighs almost 2000 pounds and entered Mars' atmosphere going 13,000 mph.