How to watch the NASA Curiosity landing on Mars

first_imgAnother chapter in our greater understanding of the universe is about to take place as the NASA rover Curiosity comes closer and closer to landing on Mars. This rover will be capable of significantly more than the previous machines that have been sent to Mars, due mostly to the overall size and the more modern electronics that are onboard.The adventure for Curiosity will start with a unique and dangerous landing sequence, with the hope that a successful landing will earn us a much greater understanding of Mars. For many, this is an event that is worth losing sleep and watching live.There’s no shortage of places to watch the landing. NASA has setup several Ustream accounts for the NASA JPL and what can be seen from Curiosity. Curiosity herself has a Twitter account, and the SETI institute will be doing a Google+ hangout for the landing. If you would like to watch the landing on your television, Microsoft will have the Curiosity landing available to watch via Xbox Live, as well as the free Kinect Mars Rover simulator game to keep you busy until the landing. Curiosity is expected to land at about 1:30am EDT, but be sure to check this time map for when it will be landing in your timezone.The previous rovers that we have sent to Mars were, compared to Curiosity, assembled using parts from Radio Shack. Curiosity is a bold new step to gain as much information about the history of the planet, and whether or not the planet ever sustained life. Aside from being significantly larger than the previous models, Curiosity is equipped with several high definition cameras. Two of these cameras are capable of a 1600 x 1200 resolution, while others will be able to record in 720p at up to 10fps. Curiosity herself is powered by a plutonium fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generator, and altogether weighs as much as an SUV.Take a look at some of the shots from PCMag’s Meredith Popolo’s recent visit to the NASA JPL.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlast_img

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