Mars Curiosity Landing Gives An Out of This World Jolt to Social Media

Social media networks saw a huge surge in traffic overnight as word broke after midnight Eastern Standard Time that NASA had successfully landed it Mars Curiosity rover on the surface of the red planet. “The largest and most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet has already established quite the presence in the world of …   Read More

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Social media networks saw a huge surge in traffic overnight as word broke after midnight Eastern Standard Time that NASA had successfully landed it Mars Curiosity rover on the surface of the red planet.

“The largest and most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet has already established quite the presence in the world of social media,” the LA Times reported.

Both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge — home to mission control — and NASA live-tweeted the landing. President Barack Obama congratulated the team of engineers for making what he called a “remarkable accomplishment” a reality. Actor Seth Green, who watched the landing from JPL, chimed in.

Incredibly, even Curiosity was able to tweet about its historic landing. The rover has a Twitter handle of its own – @MarsCuriosity.

Did you join the social media frenzy overnight as jubilation rang throughout outer space? Please weigh in with a thought of comment below.

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