Apparently, Times Square will play host to the largest viewing event on the East Coast, as New Yorkers and tourists will converge and watch the landing live on the same big screens that New Year's Eve revelers follow when they come annually to countdown the famous ball drop. Viewers at Times Square will be privy to live feed directly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
|Flyer courtesy of DXagency|
If you can't make it to Times Square, you can still watch the feed live from your own computer, via NASA's own website, or through Toshiba Innovation. You can also listen to live coverage via NASA's first online space (radio) station, Third Rock Radio (which may be my new favorite radio station). This will be NASA's first national "social media" event, virtually bringing together seven participating NASA field centers around the country.
If you want a more intimate viewing experience, fly on over to a landing parties at East Village bar, Professor Thom's, or New Jersey's William Patterson University (the latter accessible only by car).
Still feeling curious? Check out space.com's article about why we continue to return to the Red Planet, and view some of the Hubble Space Telescope's most majestic pictures of Mars at weather.com.
Follow WGINY on facebook for an exclusive opportunity to read some "fan fiction" about the rover's landing.
Thanks to DXagency and Toshiba Innovation for providing information on the rover's mission, the Times Square viewing event, and NASA's live feeds.