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Earth to NewsFeed readers: after eight and a half months, NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars rover Curiosity (carried by the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft) touched down safely in the Red Planet’s Gale Crater at 10:32pm Pacific Time  last night.  But for us, watching NASA’s livestream of the engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was almost more fun than the landing itself.  If you couldn’t stay up for the event — or just spaced out at any point— here are the most adorkable team-bonding moments from the control room.

(MORE:Wheels Down on The Red Planet)

The Mohawk: Curiosity’s mission was hairy enough, but in the walkup to the landing, a red-and-blue-striped mohawk was the star of the livestream.  It belongs to Bobak Ferdowsi, the Mars Science Laboratory’s Flight Director, and almost immediately, space geeks tracked down his Twitter feed, @TweetsOutLoud, and started making memes.

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