August 6, 2012 — NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity survived its journey from Earth to Mars.
Was there ever life on Mars?
NASA's Rover Curiosity is one step closer to finding out.
The $2.5 billion rover travelled hundreds of millions of kilometres over eight and a half months before landing on Mars early Monday.
The journey to the red planet concluded with a high-drama landing process dubbed "seven minutes of terror."
Mission control at NASA's jet propulsion laboratory burst into rousing cheers as the rover touched down.
Its mission is to seek out the age-old question about whether life ever existed on Mars.
Curiosity's first stop was the Gale crater, which some experts say may have once contained a lake.
The rover is expected to examine layers of sediment.
Scientists say each layer represents an era of the planet's history.
Curiosity is supposed to keep working on Mars for the next two years.