Mark Stencel en Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing The best place to stand in the entire solar system at 1:14 a.m. ET Monday was about 150 million miles away, at the bottom of Gale Crater near the equator of the Red Planet.<p>Looking west around mid-afternoon local time, a Martian bystander would have seen a rocket-powered alien spacecraft approach and then hover about 60 feet over the rock-strewn plain between the crater walls and the towering slopes of nearby Mount Sharp.<p>A gangly vehicle, about the size of a small car on Earth, descended from the spacecraft on nylon cords amid blowing crimson dust. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 05:46:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 5893 at Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing