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Salford's Mission to Mars

More than 200 space fans gathered on Salford Quays to watch NASA EDGE broadcast the Mars Space Landing.

A team of NASA experts travelled to Salford to broadcast the landing on the BBC big screen live from MediaCityUK. They had live links to Mission Control and were streaming their broadcast across the world via the internet.

There were a tense few minutes in Salford as the crowd anxiously waited to find out that the landing had been successful. A huge cheer then erupted when they found out the landing had gone according to plan and images were beamed back from Mars.

The MSL landing marks the start of two years of space exploration by a car-sized rover called Curiosity. Curiosity carries 10 science instruments, each designed to search for signs of life on Mars. 

The NASA EDGE team chose to come to Salford after linking up to Assistant Mayor for International Relations Councillor Stephen Coen's event to mark the Transit to Venus last month.

Councillor Coen transformed his home, which once belonged to William Crabree, back to the way it would have looked in 1639 when Crabree proved that planets pass between the earth and the sun. During the transit there was ongoing contact between Salford and NASA EDGE.

The live webcast from Salford is on the NASA website.

The landing will conclude a nine month journey to Mars. The MSL was sealed inside the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket when it set off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 26 November 2011.
Follow: @nasa_edge #salfordmissiontomars

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