CLEVELAND - Two local businesses had a lot to do with the successful landing of NASA's rover Curiosity on Mars.
GrafTech International in Parma developed the thermal solutions that were used in the rover's heat shield.
At the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Curiosity's parachute landing system was developed and tested.
Both companies celebrated the rover's landing with nervous anticipation, but knew there wouldn't be a problem.
Craig Shular, CEO of GrafTech, said the mission took nearly nine months to get to Mars, but Monday was a great day for the company.
Ann Over, with NASA Glenn, said their celebration was like watching little kids jump up and down in happiness.
(Click here to see photos from the Mars rover landing: http://on.wews.com/OUt9rb)
NASA hopes the 98 week mission will help them figure out if there has ever been life on the Red Planet.
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