By Adele Hampton and Justin Sink - 08/06/12 02:23 PM EDT
President Obama joined in the celebration, praising the accomplishment as an "unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future," he said in statement issued by the White House.
The president said he "eagerly await[ed] what Curiosity has yet to discover," and congratulated the employees of NASA for their "remarkable accomplishment."
"Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history," he additionally tweeted.
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