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On August 6th 1:31 a.m. NASA‘s advanced planetary rover, will be screened as it lands on the Martian surface. The Toshiba Vision screen in Times Square is the largest East Coast location for the public to see live mission. The NASA TV coverage begins at 11:30 p.m. August 5th and continues through 4 a.m. the next day. Originating from Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The rover will spend 2 years doing scientific detective work. The rover will be put through a series of checkouts and activities to characterize its performance on Mars while gradually ramping up scientific investigations.
The critical landing will only last about 7 minutes. The spacecraft carrying Curiosity must slow down from about 13,200 mph (about 5,900 meters per second) to allow the rover to land on the surface at about 1.7 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second).
Underneath the world-famous New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square, the Toshiba Vision dual LED screens will allow viewers to see the action from Mission Control, including receipt of the first signal from Mars following a successful landing.
Visitors to Times Square can hear the audio portion of NASA’s coverage along with other listeners around the world by tuning in to the online radio station Third Rock Radio. Third Rock Radio can be streamed from the NASA homepage at and on smart phones and tablets through the Tuneln mobile app.