Above: Image of NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover.
Sunday, August 5th, the Fleet will open at 10AM for gallery visitors, IMAX films and digital shows; close at 7PM and re-open at 8PM for the Mars Rover Curiosity Landing event! A chance of a lifetime - watch the live NASA feed of Curiosity’s challenging landing in the Heikoff Dome Theater at 10:31PM.
Ongoing NASA coverage begins at 9PM, with interviews from Jet Propulsion Lab and NASA scientists about Curiosity’s progress. First, cruise the Red Planet in a special Planetarium presentation at 8:30PM - a close-up look at the landing site Gale Crater and other aspects of the red planet, narrated by resident astronomer Dr. Lisa Will. You can ‘ask an astronomer’ any lingering questions, play Xbox Kinect Rover Landing and Spacecraft 3D, and have your photo taken with a life-size display of Mars Rover Curiosity!
The San Diego Astronomy Association will have telescopes set up for viewing – although Mars will be low in the sky that evening, with limited visibility.
More information on Curiosity is at: mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/