This weekend, NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity will land on the red planet.
The space agency is anticipating 7-minutes of terror as the Mars Rover descends to the surface of Mars and you’ll be able to watch it all live online. NASA will be broadcasting several live videos over the next few days. The highlight will be on Monday night when the Mars Rover makes its descent to the red planet.
NASA writes on its website that the Mars Rover is on-track and is scheduled to make its landing on August 6th.
“Curiosity, the car-size, one-ton rover is bound for arrival on Mars at 1:31 a.m., EDT on Monday, Aug. 6. The landing will mark the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate one of the most intriguing places on Mars.”
NASA currently has two other Rovers on Mars but the Curiosity is the most technologically advanced. The Curiosity, along with the Opportunity and the Spirit, will search Mars in an effort to find evidence of alien life.
“The overarching science goal of the mission is to assess whether the landing area has ever had or still has environmental conditions favorable to microbial life, both its habitability and its preservation.”
Do you think the Mars Rover Curiosity will find life on Mars?
Before it does, the spacecraft will have to go through seven minutes of terror to reach the Martian surface.
Here’s a video of what NASA expects during the Curiosity’s landing.
NASA will be broadcasting several events live leading up to the Mars Rover landing. You can watch the live videos below.
Here’s the schedule for the weekend.
Saturday, August 4 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT – NASA Previews Mars Landing
NASA Science News Conference – Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission Status and Entry, Descent and Landing Overview
Sunday, Aug. 5 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT – NASA Mars Rover Update
NASA Science News Conference Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Pre-Landing News Conference – Rover Communication overview
Sunday, Aug. 5 – 3 to 4 p.m. PT – NASA Previews Mars Landing
NASA Science News Conference – NASA Science Mission Directorate
Sunday, August 5 – 8:30 to 10:45 p.m. PT – NASA Mars Rover Landing
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Coverage and Commentary #1 – Entry Decent and Landing
Sunday, August 5 – No earlier than 11:15 p.m. PT – NASA Mars Rover News
NASA Science News Conference: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Conference.