Planetary Rover, Curiosity, Will Land on Mars — In Times Square

It’s not quite the same as Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, but early Monday morning will be a big moment for NASA.  At approximately 1:31 a.m. on August 6, NASA’s planetary rover, Curiosity, will land on the surface of Mars, and you can watch it live.

The Toshiba Vision screen in Times Square (just below the New Year’s Ball) will broadcast the journey for all passersby to see beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night and continuing until 4 a.m. Monday morning.

“In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, according to NASA’s press release. “When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars.”

Unfortunately, NASA forgot about us working folk when they scheduled this landing in the middle of the night, but for those of you on vacation in the big city, this sounds very cool!

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