The Mars Rover Curiosity is scheduled to make its nailbiting landing on the Red Planet around 1:30 a.m. Monday, after traveling 354 million miles.
NASA officials are calling the the descent “seven minutes of terror” because of the unique landing system. The agency has helped organize watch parties, including one in Times Square, and set up livestreaming online.
Planetfest in Pasadena, Calif., has been running this weekend in honor of the landing and features a wide variety of speakers on space issues. Among them is Aldo Spadoni, who manages a creative simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. His consulting company, Aerospace Imagineering, "specializes in the conceptual design and visualization of advanced technology concepts," the Planetary Society says.
Several Patch sites around the country have been writing about the landing and the people responsible for it, including a story about a professor who helped design a sundial for the $2.5-billion project.
If you need a celebrity to draw you in, Capt. Kirk and Wesley Crusher have both narrated NASA videos about the project.
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