Watching the event via NASA's live feed, it was tense in the command centre as audio was lost for a few minutes as the $2.5-billion Mars Science Laboratory's deployment to the surface of Mars took place. This was expected, as there is a seven-minute delay because of the distance.
At 1:32 a.m. August 6, 2012 the group broke into hugs as it was announced Curiosity was safely on Mars and that images were about to appear.
The first image to appear was:
The image was one of the wheels down on Mars
and more images quickly came through.