Curiosity Lands Tonight

The Mars Science Lab, a.k.a. Curiosity lands on mars tonight. It's scheduled to happen around 01:30 Eastern time1.

Here's a good animation of the whole mission from Launch last November through the anticipated landing tonight (tonight's bit starts around 00:54 in the video):

And here's my view via


There are lots of places to 'watch' the event. I'll be watching on NASA TV and on this Google+ Hangout hosted by Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy. The coverage starts around 23:00 Eastern.

1Around six hours from now as I write this.