Mars Rover Survives Seven Minutes of Terror, Lands Successfully on the SurfaceS

Well, the little rover that could has gone and done it. Having survived an epic voyage and a convoluted, dangerous descent, NASA's Curiosity Rover has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, and is already transmitting images back to Earth. Nice job, little guy. And nice job all the men and women who designed and built the little guy.

You can follow live coverage of this event over at Gizmodo, where Jesus is live-blogging from inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Below is one of the first images transmitted back to Earth from Curiosity, showing the rover's rear wheel on the surface. The surface of Mars.

Mars Rover Survives Seven Minutes of Terror, Lands Successfully on the Surface

And below is what it looks like when you're one of the dudes who managed to send something to another freakin' planet.

Mars Rover Survives Seven Minutes of Terror, Lands Successfully on the Surface