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WBZ WaterCooler: The Engineer Behind The Curiosity Mars Rover

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One of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover and transmitted to Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech via Getty Images)

One of the first images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover and transmitted to Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech via Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – Photos from Mars taken by the Curiosity rover are coming back to NASA.

Curiosity touched down on Mars using a new landing technique. During the last few seconds, a rocket stage hovered and slowly lowered the six-wheel rover to the ground. The rocket stage then flew away and crashed.

Engineer Richard Rainen led the team that built the Curiosity rover.

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