Space geeks have waited hours for images of the Curiosity rover’s incredible parachute-assisted descent to the Martian surface. The images were captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.

Nobody likes a tease! So naturally, the first HiRISE pic leaked on social media networks first.

Holy crap! This is a picture of Curiosity coming down under p... on Twitpic

Social media for the win!

It wasn’t long before the leaked image was confirmed.

Eye in the Sky: MRO's @HiRISE camera caught this shot of... on Twitpic

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The image didn’t disappoint.