Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing
Curiosity is scheduled to land in the Red Planet's Gale Crater late Sunday or very, very early Monday, depending on your Earthbound time zone. Confirmation of the landing should come at about 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday for folks on the U.S. West Coast, or 1:31 a.m. ET Monday for those on the East Coast. The rover will have actually touched down before that, but there's a 14-minute communications lag time for signals traveling the 154 million miles from Mars.
The space agency will begin its live coverage Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on the NASA TV site and will also show the coverage via UStream:
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The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission has been in its spaceflight phase for about eight months, since a liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in late November. But the centerpiece of the mission is only just about to begin -- two Earth years of Curiosity roaming some 12 miles up a towering mound of sedimentary rock in Gale Crater known as both Aeolis Mons and Mount Sharp.
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Cutting Edge Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing The big Curiosity rover, on a 2.5 billion science mission, arrives on the Red Planet Sunday evening with a most audacious maneuver. The final stage of Curiosity's descent to the surface of Mars will involve being slung on tethers below the spacecraft's landing stage.
Tomorrow, at 3:30pm AEST (August 6th 2012) those who are in Australia will be able to watch a live feed from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). I'll be heading to the Sydney Observatory in the afternoon, but for those that cannot make it out, there are live streams and countdown online. The Mars Curiosity Rover started it's voyage from Earth...
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