In every disaster film I have seen, it is always the human element that leads to the emotional zenith. Be it a character achieving closure, a character reuniting with a loved one, or a character finally tasting victory in act three after being pushed around in acts one and two.
Curiosity is no different. Here is one human story behind Curiosity. It will match and raise everything you felt about the whole robot-on-another-planet concept:
Indeed, as I was watching the touchdown live—delayed by 14 minutes—the one moment that will be etched in my memory is the room in JPL erupting when a voice went, “Touchdown confirmed! We’re safe on Mars.“