Just watched the live coverage of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. It was very cool to see the USA land another, much larger this time, rover on Mars. The two small rovers we landed there many years ago were designed to last about 90 days. One of them is still going. This rover, about the size of an SUV where the other two were the size of large microwave ovens, is designed to last a long time. Conceivably, this one could be driving around on Mars for decades.
I did have to laugh at one interview after the landing took place though. It was with president Obama's science adviser. He stated that the USA is the only country that has landed what he called "landers" on another planet. I guess he is unaware that the former Soviet Union landed several "Landers". missions called "Venera", on the surface of Venus that returned data and pictures before being destroyed by the harsh conditions on that planet after being on the surface for some time. One would expect a presidential science adviser to know things like that wouldn't one??
Soviet Venus Images
For anyone wanting to see the raw pictures being sent back by Curiosity, go here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multime...UT_04096Z_&s=0