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Ralph Milliken describes the landing of Curiosity, the Mars rover

When a NASA official announced, “Touchdown confirmed,” at about 1:30 a.m. today (Aug. 6, 2012), the engineers at Mission Control hugged and cheered. So did the science team, of which Ralph Milliken, assistant professor of geological science, is a member. With the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity safely on the Martian surface and his shift almost ended, Milliken described the experience for David Orenstein and talked about what happens now. (See also a pre-landing interview).)