Live coverage for those looking to fall asleep tonight.The excitement, tension and anxiety is palpable here as NASA?s huge Mars rover Curiosity nears its daring dive onto the Red Planet.
The $2.5 billion rover is on track to land via a rocket-powered sky crane on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:31 p.m. PDT (1:31 a.m. EDT, 0531 GMT on Monday) to begin NASA's two-year Mars Science Laboratory mission. Given the complexity of the rover's entry, descent and landing ? portrayed as "seven minutes of terror ? a worrisome view is to add "enter miracle here" as part of that touchdown mantra, some say.
"This is an event of enormous importance for the future of Mars exploration," said longtime Mars exploration advocate Robert Zubrin on Friday (Aug. 3) at 15th annual international Mars Society Convention opening.
"The Mars program right now is in an extremely fragile state," Zubrin told the audience. Missions that were planned have been dislocated and either need to be replaced or new ones put in their place, he said.
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