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    Mars Curiosity Rover Landing


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     A huge fan of astrophysics, navidbaraty says he wanted to be around others who were equally as excited as he was about watching the landing. As hundreds of onlookers flocked to New York's Times Square to see the historic landing unfold from a gigantic video screen, he says the whole experience took his breath away. Adding that he had goosebumps when the rover finally touched down and people started chanting, "Science! Science! Science!" and "NASA! NASA! NASA!"

    During the nail-biting "Seven Minutes of Terror," which NASA dubbed for the landing sequence, he says cheers erupted with each successful transition that the Mars Rover made. "Just seeing everyone collectively captivated by the live stream and huddled close together to hear the audio broadcast over their phones was so incredible. Everyone was filled with excitement and wonder," he says. "The mood was intense. There really was a buzz of energy and excitement in the air! I think everyone was so proud to be taking part in such an incredible moment. Definitely one of the most memorable moments that I've had since I've been in NYC." You can see more of navidbaraty's photography on his website.
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    Sunday evening, thousands gathered in Times Square to watch the Mars Curiosity rover safely land on Mars after a 352-million mile, 8.5 month journey.


    Seeing so many people gathered on such a late and rainy Sunday evening to watch the event was truly awesome to experience. People were captivated by the images being displayed on the Toshiba screen at Times Square and were listening very closely to the audio broadcast over their phones. During each stage of the rover's final descent, Times Square erupted into loud cheers. Chants of "Science! Science! Science!" and "NASA! NASA! NASA!" broke out.


    It was really incredible to see so many people collectively captivated by science and exploration.


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