Get excited: The Mars rover landing will be live on Ustream

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With the Mars Rover scheduled to make its historic landing on the red planet on August 5, we’re in a total space frenzy. And thanks to our partnership with the space junkies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (that’s JPL for short) we’re excited to offer a series of live events, tweetups, and chats leading up to the big landing!

About the mission: The dune buggy-sized Curiosity has been in transit since it launched in November of 2011. Once it lands, it will be able to collect and record valuable information about the rocks and soil of Mars that could help us understand whether the atmosphere ever supported microbial life. Yes, this means we may finally be able to answer David Bowie’s age-old question: Is there life on Mars?

Be sure to RSVP for these events on the NASA JPL channel here: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl.

Full schedule of live events below:

Thursday, August 2
NASA’s Next Mars Rover
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT
NASA News Conference: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission Science and Engineering Overview

Friday, August 3
Mars Rover NASA Social
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PDT
NASA will host its first-ever multi-center NASA Social on Aug. 3 to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

Saturday, August 4
NASA Previews Mars Landing
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT
NASA Science News Conference – Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission Status and Entry, Descent and Landing Overview

Sunday, Aug. 5
NASA Mars Rover Update
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT
NASA Science News Conference Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Pre-Landing News Conference – Rover Communication overview

Sunday, Aug. 5
NASA Previews Mars Landing
3 to 4 p.m. PT
NASA Science News Conference – NASA Science Mission Directorate

Sunday, August 5
NASA Mars Rover Landing
8:30 to 10:45 p.m. PT
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Coverage and Commentary #1 – Entry Descent and Landing

Sunday, August 5
NASA Mars Rover News
No earlier than 11:15 p.m. PT
NASA Science News Conference: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Conference.

Need to bone up on your space knowledge? Here are some fast facts:

Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory
Rover name: Curiosity rover
Size: About the size of a car — 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall
Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)
Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras
Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life
Launch: Between Nov. 25–Dec. 18, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Arrival: August 2012 at Mars
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months

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