Back in 2004 when Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars for the exploration mission, YouTube didn’t even exist. Now when NASA’s Curiosity Rover is about to touch the Mars atmosphere, everyone around the globe can watch it live on YouTube and other social media platform.
At 1:30 am EDT on Monday, Curiosity will attempt to land on Mars — no easy task as NASA’s “Seven Minutes of Terror” video shows. If you want to really celebrate, you can head to Times Square to watch it on the giant Toshiba Vision Screen or catch it at any one of these events across the country.
If you feel like virtually hanging out with other space enthusiasts, you can join the Mars Curiosity Landing Google+ Hangout, hosted by the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Northern California.
The event will also be telecasted on NASA TV and on the dedicated pages created for NASA’s Curiosity rover on Facebook and Twitter.
For that old-timey feeling, gather around a roaring fire and listen to an audio broadcast of the landing on Third Rock Radio: “It’s radio powered by NASA,” which, I discovered, consists of mediocre ’90s alt-rock during off-hours.
If you need to do something like, say, sleep on Sunday night, know that you won’t be missing any stunning images.
According to NBCNews.com, Curiosity’s camera-equipped won’t be raised until later in the week, meaning we’ll have to do with 64-by-64-pixel black-and-white photos before its camera can start beaming the better quality two-megapixel color photos back to Earth.