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Did the rover land where you expected it to?
Student 3

It landed exactly where we wanted it to. You have to realize, when you go on to Mars, there's a certain time and certain place where you want to touch down. And you have to be exactly the right trajectory. Yes, it landed in just right the time and just the right place.
Steve Squyres
Principal Investigator
Cornell University

Steve, that's -- that wasn't really dumb luck, was it? That was things went well for you.
Bill Nye

No, it wasn't dumb luck at all.

In fact, the accuracy with which we were able to target this thing would be like shooting a golf shot from the west coast to the east coast and getting a hole in one.

It was a fantastic bit of marksmanship.
Steve Squyres
Principal Investigator
Cornell University