At a press conference this afternoon, the head of NASA praised the work done in Canberra for tracking the final landing. He also noted three other countries assisted with the mission, but chose not to name them.
The $2.5 billion robotic explorer travelled 352 million miles for more than 8 months, only to endure the hardest part of its journey in the last seven minutes. Described as "seven minutes of terror," the 1 tonne rover sliced through Mars' thin atmosphere at 21,240km/h.
To slow the rover down for a safe landing, The Australian claims NASA used a supersonic parachute and an elaborate sky crane powered by rocket blasters. Once it kicked in, the crane lowered the rover down by nylon tethers for a six wheel upright landing.
"Touchdown confirmed" said a member of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The room then erupted in cheers.
"We are wheels down on Mars. Oh, my God."
Minutes after landing two images were relayed back to earth; one depicting Curiosity's wheel on Mars' red surface and another capturing its shadow.