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Curiosity to Land Sunday

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It is almost time for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity to make its landing on Mars. Here are some ways the public can follow the spacecraft’s approach and landing.

This artist’s concept depicts the moment immediately after NASA’s Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The spacecraft has detected touchdown, and pyrotechnic cutters have severed connections between rover and spacecraft’s descent stage.

This artist’s concept depicts the moment immediately after NASA’s Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The spacecraft has detected touchdown, and pyrotechnic cutters have severed connections between rover and spacecraft’s descent stage.

Two live feeds during key landing activities of Curiosity from mission control at JPL will be carried on NASA TV and on the web from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 5, and from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 6. The NASA TV Public Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl will carry a feed including commentary and interviews.

The NASA TV Media Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 will carry an uninterrupted clean feed with only mission audio. Both feeds will be available to media crews on site.

Planetfest in Pasadena offers a two-day celebration of Curiosity’s landing. Visit http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012.     And Griffith Observatory will present live coverage of Sunday’s landing in a free program from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visit http://new.livestream.com/GriffithObservatoryTV/CuriosityLanding.

The public is invited to tune in for a series of news briefings from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission will deliver the nearly 2,000-pound (1-ton), car-size robotic roving laboratory to the surface of Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5.

Curiosity’s landing will mark the start of a two-year prime mission to investigate whether one of the most intriguing places on Mars ever has offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

And for those who would like to try their luck at guiding the Curiosity landing, Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to develop “Mars Rover Landing” for Xbox 360 Kinect.

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