Join people all over the world to celebrate the Mars landing of NASA’s most advanced planetary rover.
On August 5, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) — named Curiosity — will land on Mars and begin its 23-month-long journey across the Red Planet.
The Curiosity rover will search for evidence of conditions favorable to microbial life, sampling rocks, terrain and climate to gather clues about possible past life and perhaps even present life on Mars.
Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars the night of Sunday, August 5, 10:31pm PDT/11:31pm MDT/12:31am CDT/1:31am EDT. Using its precision landing technology, the rover is headed for a recently narrowed target called Mount Sharp in the Gale Crater.
Science and astronomy groups, organizations and individuals across the nation are encouraged to plan local watch parties at restaurants, pubs, universities, planetariums and other venues to join space enthusiasts around the world. The NASA channel and a live streaming video will be available at www.nasa.gov/ntv as the rover touches down.
Party organizers can register their event at www.GetCurious.com/parties.
All events will be added to an interactive party map allowing interested people in the area to join local parties.
Photos, discussions and locations of parties can also be tracked on Twitter using #MarsParties.
People across the globe are hosting “landing parties” to watch and celebrate this exciting event. Share the experience by hosting your own landing party and connecting with other parties through Google+
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For more information about landing parties, visit www.GetCurious.com/parties
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To learn more about the Curiosity rover, go to www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/