Signals sent to Earth from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover indicate that the robot is functioning normally as it begins investigating the surface of the Red Planet.
The composer, who passed away Monday in California, won multiple awards for his music that was heard on stage and screen.
After a successful landing, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is beaming back images of its landing site, the Red Planet's Gale crater.
A spectacular photo taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Curiosity Mars rover as it dangles from a supersonic parachute shortly before safely touching down on the Red Planet.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity began tweeting to avid followers years before it dramatically landed on the surface of Mars. But the number of its followers just skyrocketed.
The rover Curiosity, which touched down on Mars early Monday, has so far sent back seven images of the surface, including a fuzzy profile of Mt. Sharp, the mountain in the center of Gale Crater.
A black-and-white image of the wheel of NASA's one-ton Curiosity rover resting on Martian was the first visual proof that the craft had safely touched down on the Red Planet.
An ambitious maneuver involving an enormous supersonic parachute and a rocket-powered sky crane safely delivered the one-ton, $2.5 billion dollar robot to the surface of Mars.
The pinpoint landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars early Monday went as planned, to the jubilation of NASA scientists. But the budget for the Mars program is on the chopping block, as Washington grapples with debt and deficit.
The one-ton Mars rover named Curiosity is set to land on the red planet at around 1:31 am Eastern time.