At about 12:10am EST Opportunity had a flawless entry and landing on the Mars Surface with a 2 to 3g landing, according to NASA. This is a very
"light" drop as the unit is rated for landings of up to 40g. Within hours, the lander has deployed and began sending back pictures.
Above image was taken by NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, and is a close-up of Opportunity's predicted landing site at a region on Mars called Meridiani
NASA Press Release...
First Images of Opportunity Site Show Bizarre Landscape
January 25, 2004
NASA's Opportunity rover returned the first pictures of its landing site early today, revealing a surreal, dark landscape unlike any ever seen before
Opportunity relayed the images and other data via NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter. The data showed that the spacecraft is healthy, said Matt Wallace,
mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
"Opportunity has touched down in a bizarre, alien landscape," said Dr. Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for
the science instruments on Opportunity and its twin, Spirit. "I'm flabbergasted. I'm astonished. I'm blown away."
(more at above link)
[Edited on 25-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]