At 1:31 a.m. EDT Monday, 6 August, the world will be holding its collective breath, waiting to hear that NASA's latest and greatest Mars rover has safely landed. Much will be at stake. If Curiosity survives its “Seven Minutes of Terror,” slowing from 21,240 kilometers per hour to a dead stop on the surface, it will demonstrate a brand new and downright scary-looking system for delivering heavy loads precisely where scientists want them.
Once on the surface, the biggest, most sophisticated robot ever delivered to another planetary body can take on its primary mission: searching out environments of ancient Mars that life could have inhabited. And not incidentally, Curiosity will be looking for signs that life was indeed around back then. It might even get a whiff of present-day life, if it's there and spewing methane.
'The Grand Entrance'.
Go here for a live chat at 12p.m. PST( 3p.m. EDT)on Thursday, 2 August, when we talk with two experts on the Curiosity rover and what it might find on Mars: http://news.sciencem...ver-arrive.html
Watch a recent NASA briefing about the mission details by the project scientists and managers:
On Sunday night starting at 10pm, watch 'The Landing' here:
Live Stream of Landing (commentary and interviews.): http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl
Live Stream of Landing (uninterrupted footage with mission audio): http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
Stick around and feel free to talk Mars, the mission, the Rover, or anything else related.
Edited by Sharpshooter, 06 August 2012 - 06:24 PM.