The world's waiting with bated breath this weekend as NASA attempts to safely land its most ambitious rover ever, Curiosity, on Mars. Launched from Earth in November 2011 and measuring 10 feet long, nine feet wide, and seven feet tall at its highest point, Curiosity is traveling to our neighboring planet to search for signs that organic life once existed on Mars. Due to Curiosity's large size, the inhospitable Martian terrain, and what NASA calls "seven minutes of terror," the challenging landing will be the space event of the year — and you can tune in without Jet Propulsion Laboratory credentials.
Get settled with one of these four options to watch the next chapter in space exploration unfold.
- Online — The foolproof way of keeping up with Curiosity as it descends upon Mars is to tune into NASA TV's web live stream.
- Cable — Many cable and satellite companies carry NASA TV to subscribers. Check with your provider for what channel you can find NASA on in your region.
- Xbox — Open your Xbox 360 dashboard and watch the streaming NASA TV broadcast of Curiosity landing on the Red Planet. With all things Mars on your mind, take your own shot at the landing and play the free Kinect Mars Rover Landing game.
- In person — Want to watch the landing in the company of fellow space geeks? Your local museum or observatory will likely be holding a screening. Check for events in your area with NASA's guide.
Discover the breathtaking risks of Curiosity's landing in NASA's video "The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror" below.