Landing on Mars

SUBHEAD: Today, science willing, Curiosity rover lands on Mars. Here's how to watch.  

By Jeni Jardin on 5 August 2012 for Boing Boing -  

[IB Editor's note: Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory sent to a distant world, was scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 7:31 p.m. Hawaiian time ( Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time/1:31 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings time or 0531 GMT on Monday).]

Image above: NASA hovercraft lowering rover Curiosity onto Martian surface. Still from animation below.

This is it, guys. Tonight's the night. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity will attempt to land on the surface of Mars today. Here is Boing Boing's guide for how to follow her descent. Spaceflight Now's coverage should be excellent.

Here's an excellent history of human exploration of the red planet, by Miles O'Brien, and here's his report for PBS NewsHour chronicling Curiosity's long, strange trip.

Video above: NASA animation of Curiosity's trip to Mars. From (
Here's a photo gallery of Curiosity, during construction a year ago inside JPL. Here's my interview with JPL's Ashwin Vasavada, describing the science behind this amazing venture.

Image above: Rear of the Curiosity rover in NASA clean-room showing the radioisotope thermoelectric generator that supplies power to rover. From ( We liked the solar powered rovers of the last mission better. 

Science willing, I'll be at JPL tonight, and I'll send transmissions to the home blog. This is a wonderful and historic day for our exploration of the universe. I'm so happy to be alive to witness it.

Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at

Video above: Live commentary from NASA that will include Mars Rover mission 8/5/12. From (

Video above: Live commentary from NASA that will include Mars Rover mission 8/5/12. From (

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Mars Curiosity Rover 4/8/11
Ea O Ka Aina: mars Rovers 5th Anniversary 1/3/09
Island Breath:Mars Rover Spirit 1/22/04


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