Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land on the Red Planet tonight at 10:31 p.m. PDT/1:31 a.m. EDT. The much-anticipated landing will be monitored at events across the U.S.--as well as right here on HuffPost Science, via a live blog that begins 60 minutes before the scheduled landing.
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The HuffPost Science team will be running the liveblog from the Mars Curiosity Landing Party at Professor Thom's in Manhattan. Come on down to 219 2nd Avenue (between 13th and 14th streets) for Mars trivia, book giveaways and expert commentary from Andrew Kessler, HuffPost Science blogger and author of "Martian Summer." We'll be tweeting each trivia question with the hashtag #marstrivia, and giving out prizes to the first correct answer. We'll also be holding an "Ask the Expert" session with Kessler, so tweet or email us your burning Mars mission questions.
Here's a sampling of other Mars rover events:
The Planetary Society is hosting Curiosity events around the world, including its signature Planetfest, which will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California. Here's the society's full list of events.
New Yorkers can view live mission coverage on the Toshiba Vision screen in New York City's Times Square, beginning at 11:30 p.m. EDT.
"In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing," John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a written statement. "When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars."
NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will celebrate the landing of Curiosity with a special expo open to the public, starting at 4 p.m. PDT. The event will include booths and demonstrations showcasing Ames' connections to the mission as well as Ames' scientists in attendance and a live broadcast from the control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Columbia's Curiosity Party
The Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Calif., will host a viewing party with a live feed from NASA's JPL displayed on the venue's 15-foot media wall. The event kicks off at 9:30 p.m. PDT. Ticket information is available online.
Adler's Curiosity Party
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago will host a special after-hours landing party, starting at 9 p.m. CDT. The event will include a chance to play the new Xbox game "Mars Rover Landing," two showings of "Night Sky Live!," and additional activities. Ticket information is available online.