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It takes a village: NASA Curiosity successfully lands on Mars. See the documents behind the landing #MSL
But remember there was a lot of hard work, analysis, community input and criticism that went into those 7 minutes of terror. You can find out more about the entire mars landing project by going to the GPO’s Catalog of govt publications (CGP). And you can find NASA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission on the Mars Science Laboratory site — as well as some of the criticism about the project (yikes: “Mars Science Laboratory Mission says a launch accident discharging plutonium has a 1-in-420 chance of happening and could “release material into the regional area defined…to be within…62 miles of the launch pad,” That’s an area including Orlando.”). And many of these and other NASA publications and technical reports are available in FDLP libraries around the country.