The President of the United States has thanked NASA for landing a spacecraft on Mars.
The project has been led by scientist Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester.
"Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history. I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality."
Singer-songwriter Will.i.am has made interplanetary history in the first ever planet-to-planet music broadcast.
The Curiosity rover which landed on the surface of Mars on Monday has beamed back its first images of the Red Planet.
A scientist from the University of Leicester has led a $2.5 billion mission to land a spacecraft on Mars.