The stage is set for Sunday’s landing of Mars Science Laboratory. The landing MSL with its rover Curiosity is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
The world will be watching via social networks, and NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using every opportunity to make certain anyone who wants to follow the mission is connected.
Seven field centers across the United States have been set up to preview the landing. Ames Research Center in Moffitt Field, CA, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and JPL in La Cañada all have centers where they are virtually connected.
And of course people can always follow the landing on Facebook or Twitter.
At a morning briefing at JPL, Lori Garver answered the question as to why explorers go to Mars.
And now with the technology that is available there is no question of whether we should explore.
“Now that we can of course we must,” she said.
The Curiosity rover contains a science laboratory like no other sent to Mars. It is larger than any other rover and will have a different landing than the others.
As is with all Martian explorations the mission will be to follow the water. To see if there is any evidence of life.
But first is the ending of the spacecraft’s travel to Mars and the “nail biting” seven minutes of landing, which will be completely auto
NASA/JPL will continue to send information out via social networks through the landing and into the following days after to assess the mission. Stay connected and get the updates- follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and download their apps on Android, iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone.