Get Ready for Mars Landing TONIGHT: Live Video and Top 3 Links
By: Andi Grill
Prepare yourselves fellow space enthusiasts. The long-awaited Mars landing of NASA's Curiosity rover is upon us! The latest projections put the exact time of touchdown at 10:30pm PST tonight — 1:31am for folks on the East coast.
As (we hope) most of you already know from our Associate Producer Lindsey's post earlier this week, SCIENCE will be airing a spectacular recap of the mission and its results the day after the landing. Don't forget to tune in for Mars Landing 2012 at 10PM e/p on Monday night.
For those who want to watch history in the making tonight, NASA is making live video of the entire touch down available live on their NASA TV site. The real time coverage starts tonight at 8:30pm PST / 11:30pm EST.
It's never a bad idea to brush up on the latest news and information ahead of a huge event like this. Luckily for all of us, Discovery News has been covering the Mars landing for weeks now! They've been good enough to put everything Curiosity rover-related together on this wide angle page. Check it out to see articles, video and photo galleries.
If you're short on time and can't look at everything Discovery News has to offer, here are my top 3 picks that will get you up to date ahead of tonight's landing on Mars:
- Video: Mars Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing
It's time to familiarize ourselves with Curiosity's dramatic entrance into the Martian atmosphere.
- Article: Curiosity Steps Up Search for Alien Life on Mars
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory ratchets up the quest to the next ingredient in the recipe for life — organic carbon.
- Photo Gallery: When Discovery News Met Mars Rover Curiosity
During a special event held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Discovery News was invited to meet the next mission to Mars: the Mars Science Laboratory known as Curiosity.