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Watch the Curiosity landing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/mars-rover-curiosity-landing-where-to-watch-and-what-youll-see/2012/08/03/c79c20ac-dd77-11e1-af1d-753c613ff6d8_blog.html

They'll be playing the Mars Curiosity landing on the big screen at Times Square Sunday night/Monday morning. Come out and watch. Curiosity itself is a ground-based robot, but until it lands it is a flying robot!

More details from the above-linked article:

The Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 6.

If you’re wondering just how big a deal the Curiosity mission is, The Post’s Marc Kaufman captures the significance and drama of the anticipated landing.

First, the takeaway superlative for the landing: It “will be the most complex and hair-raising in planetary history.” And for the mission? It is, writes Kaufman, “the most ambitious, the most costly ($2.5 billion) and the most high-stakes mission ever to another planet.”

Other superlatives include the fact that Curiosity is the largest and heaviest human-made object to land on Mars, a critical step if humans are ever to visit the planet. Curiosity is also the first rover to search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet — the first since the Viking Missions of the ’70s.

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