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Title: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: luke strawwalker on 07/14/2012 10:33 pm
I'm going to be in the KSC/Orlando area when Curiosity lands, on vacation.  A friend of mine is going to a special event at JSC back home in Houston to see the Curiosity landing on Mars... is anything similar going on in the Orlando/KSC area?? I'd LOVE to attend any such event with my seven year old daughter if I can... I think it would be really good for her! 

I'd appreciate any tips or links anyone could provide... I haven't been able to find anything myself online. 

Thanks!  OL JR :)
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/31/2012 07:15 pm
July 31, 2012

Sarah Ramsey
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1694
[email protected]

RELEASE: 12-257

DARING NASA MARS MISSION BROADCAST LANDS IN TIMES SQUARE

WASHINGTON -- The Toshiba Vision screen in New York City's Times
Square will become the largest East Coast location for the public to
see live mission coverage of Curiosity, NASA's most advanced
planetary rover, as it lands on the Martian surface at 1:31 a.m. EDT
August 6.

The Toshiba Vision screen will broadcast NASA TV coverage beginning at
11:30 p.m. EDT August 5 and continuing through 4 a.m. EDT the next
day. Programming will originate from Mission Control at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The rover is on a
precise course for a landing beside a Martian mountain to begin 2
years of unprecedented scientific detective work.

"In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the
place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing," said
John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission
Directorate. "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."

Getting Curiosity to the surface of Mars will not be easy. During a
critical period lasting only about 7 minutes, the MSL spacecraft
carrying Curiosity must slow down from about 13,200 mph (about 5,900
meters per second) to allow the rover to land on the surface at about
1.7 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). For the landing to
succeed, hundreds of events will need to go right, many with
split-second timing. All are controlled autonomously by the
spacecraft.

Prominently positioned below the world-famous New Year's Eve ball in
Times Square, the Toshiba Vision dual LED screens will allow viewers
to see the action from Mission Control, including receipt of the
first signal from Mars following a successful landing. "We're pleased
the Toshiba Vision screens will offer a unique view of this great
scientific achievement, the landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars,"
says Eddie Temistokle, senior manager of corporate communications and
corporate social responsibility for Toshiba America Inc.

Visitors to Times Square can hear the audio portion of NASA's coverage
along with other listeners around the world by tuning in to the
online radio station Third Rock Radio. This is the first time Third
Rock Radio will provide live coverage of a NASA event. Third Rock
Radio can be streamed from the NASA homepage at and on smart phones
and tablets through the Tuneln mobile app.

In the first several weeks after landing, JPL mission controllers will
put the rover through a series of checkouts and activities to
characterize its performance on Mars while gradually ramping up
scientific investigations. Curiosity then will begin investigating
whether an area with a wet history inside Mars' Gale Crater ever has
offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

The mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate
in Washington. Curiosity was designed, developed and assembled at
JPL.

NASA centers around the country, including NASA Headquarters in
Washington, will be open for landing events. Many science centers
also are opening for events focused on the Curiosity landing. To find
events near you, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/QtmuY7

Third Rock Radio, produced under a NASA Space Act Agreement with RFC
Media of Houston, was created to inspire young Americans with an
interest in science/technology and the benefits of space flight and
exploration. Listeners can find the audio broadcast at:

http://www.thirdrockradio.net

Information to watch and participate in Curiosity's landing is
available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/mars

Follow the mission on Facebook and on Twitter at:

http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

and

http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity


Toshiba's massive dual LED signboards, known collectively as "TOSHIBA
VISION," serve a variety of promotional and public-service functions.
For more information on the TOSHIBA VISION LED signboards please
visit:

http://www.facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation

Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: wholmeswa on 07/31/2012 07:30 pm
Museum of Flight in Seattle has a MarsFest 2012 activity from 6:30PM to 11:30PM Pacific.

Event details are at http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/aug/11/marsfest-2012

Wayne Holmes
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: PahTo on 07/31/2012 07:45 pm
...and I convinced UWTV to carry NASA TV pretty much the whole day and night Sunday-Monday so the Puget Sound region can enjoy this event.  Great to see it in NYC/Times Square!

EDIT:  that's UWTV2 (ch 76 on most carriers).
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: robertross on 07/31/2012 07:56 pm
I'm so glad I have Monday off :)

This is going to be epic!
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: edkyle99 on 07/31/2012 08:22 pm
Is it the the "seven minutes of terror" moniker that is the root of my uncertainty, or is it the engineer inside my head telling me that it all seems too complicated, too outside the bounds of flight experience? 

Dangling a $2.5 billion nuclear powered rover on a lanyard beneath a set of firing rocket engines?  I suppose that kept whoever came up with the thrill-ride title for this adventure - a title readily embraced by the media in case you haven't noticed - awake at night! 

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: ugordan on 07/31/2012 08:28 pm
Is it the the "seven minutes of terror" moniker that is the root of my uncertainty

MER and Phoenix had their own seven minutes of terror and corresponding PR videos.

Dangling a $2.5 billion nuclear powered rover on a lanyard beneath a set of firing rocket engines?

Does dangling a solar powered rover encapsulated in airbags (which are to be dropped from several stories high) under a set of firing rocket engines put your mind more at ease?
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Pheogh on 07/31/2012 08:31 pm
Not sure what thread to post this question to but Does anyone know if there is a way to get "Eyes on the Solar System" to run on an iPad? I have been searching the net with anything but a definitive answer. In fact several sources have pointed me toward the NASA 3D Augmented reality app claiming that it is "Eyes"

Just wondering if anyone has managed to get "Eyes" working on their iPad?
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: ngilmore on 07/31/2012 08:38 pm
Mindshare is hosting a viewing event in downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater.

JPL offered Mindshare a DIRECT video feed, as well as a couple of presenters and other video.

Sunday, August 5th
Food & Drink Specials 7pm-8pm
Talks 8pm-9:45pm
Mars Lander Video Feed ~10:15pm

Downtown Independent Theater,
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
ALL AGES WELCOME!

$12.
http://mindshare-mars.eventbrite.com/

Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/31/2012 08:53 pm
Unfortunately, no public events for MSL appear on the schedule for the National Air & Space Museum in Washington or at the Udvar-Hazy center (where Discovery is housed).

I would have thought that they'd do something for this event. They've had live telecast events before. Perhaps it's the lateness of the hour here on the east coast.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: edkyle99 on 08/01/2012 12:14 am
Does dangling a solar powered rover encapsulated in airbags (which are to be dropped from several stories high) under a set of firing rocket engines put your mind more at ease?

I don't remember those engines firing for as long, but you know what?  Maybe it isn't the dangling per say,  it is the dangling $2.5 billion that makes me twist in my seat a bit.  ;)

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: mrbliss on 08/01/2012 01:50 am
Really?  The dangling doesn't bother me.  The chance of two engines failing on one corner of the descent stage, or one of the wheels not snapping into position, those things bother me.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Jim on 08/01/2012 01:55 am
Really?  The dangling doesn't bother me.  The chance of two engines failing on one corner of the descent stage,

That is one of the least likely scenerios.  Thruster like these don't fail, much less two of them.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: jimvela on 08/01/2012 01:58 am
My small team built a few items of EGSE and LSE to support MSL. 
It is a tremendous privilege to play even a tiny little supporting role in a mission like this.

I was going to do something on campus at work, but it turns out that CU LASP is hosting a "pajama party".

I'm planning on attending this event.  Interested parties near Boulder, CO should consider it also.

http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/?post_type=special-events&p=11100

Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: PahTo on 08/01/2012 02:00 am

Boulders bother me (but the EDL does have plenty of moving parts!).
:)
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Silmfeanor on 08/01/2012 02:01 am
I guess it's asking too much to have some small event somewhere in the netherlands? No harm in asking I guess.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: ciscosdad on 08/01/2012 02:02 am
This one's for Jim:

If this was your baby what would you be sweating about during this landing?
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: knotnic on 08/01/2012 02:31 am
Unfortunately, no public events for MSL appear on the schedule for the National Air & Space Museum in Washington or at the Udvar-Hazy center (where Discovery is housed).

I would have thought that they'd do something for this event. They've had live telecast events before. Perhaps it's the lateness of the hour here on the east coast.

I was surprised at this too. 

Anything else folks know of in the DC area?  Goddard is full.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: bguillot on 08/01/2012 02:42 am
Museum of Flight in Seattle has a MarsFest 2012 activity from 6:30PM to 11:30PM Pacific.

Event details are at http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/aug/11/marsfest-2012

Wayne Holmes

Thanks for the tip, Wayne.  I just created a Google+ Event for Seattle:

https://plus.google.com/events/c431cv76atg8m8ciuo68itlmfrs/109947457871225664384

The Events are a new feature in Google+ that let allow people to exchange photos taken during the event and let people see them in chronological order during and after the event.  Seems like a good enough thing to try out.

Regards,
B.J. Guillot
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Jim on 08/01/2012 02:44 am
This one's for Jim:

If this was your baby what would you be sweating about during this landing?

It was my baby as NASA Launch Vehicle Integration Engineer from 2004 to 2008 and attended PDR and CDR.  I also supported pad ops. 

Terminal descent gives me the willies, just as it did for MER and Phoenix.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: rdale on 08/01/2012 03:07 am
University of Michigan
http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/events/view/465
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Alpha Control on 08/01/2012 04:42 am
I contacted NASA HQ in Washington today to ask about any MSL public events (since NASM was a no-go), and was happy to receive the following info from their Public Affairs office:

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VIEW THE MARS CURIOSITY ROVER LANDING AT NASA HQ

Date/Time/Location: Monday, Aug. 6, 12 midnight - 4 a.m. EDT, HQ auditorium

Contact: Becky Ramsey 358-1694 [email protected]

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars on Monday, Aug. 6 at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT. You are invited to join the NASA family in the auditorium to view NASA TV coverage of the event live from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The auditorium will be open to NASA employees and the public from 12 to 4 a.m. for large screen viewing of this event. Only the auditorium will be available; employees are asked to please not sign guests in for the main building. Backpacks or large bags or purses are not allowed. No food, beverage or alcohol will be permitted in the auditorium.
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I'm very excited by this, as it will be great to watch the event live in the Headquarters Auditorium with other interested folks. I asked, and no registration is required.  Any other DC-based NSF folks want to go?

David
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: TheFallen on 08/01/2012 04:49 am
I'll be at Planetfest 2012, hosted by The Planetary Society, in Pasadena on Sunday night. NASA TV footage will be broadcast on a large screen inside an auditorium...just like for Phoenix during Planetfest in '08

Being a Twitter user, I tried to get onto the NASA Social event at JPL this weekend, but didn't get accepted. Oh well.  :P
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: majormajor42 on 08/01/2012 06:37 am
I guess it's asking too much to have some small event somewhere in the netherlands? No harm in asking I guess.

Quote
Planetary Society Netherlands:

ESA Business Incubation Centre

Kapteynstraat 1
Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland 2201 BB
Netherlands

Contact: Arno Wielders

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/390463957682489/

Free event. Start of the event on the morning of the 6th of August at 6:30. It is co-organised with the Dutch Association for Spaceflight and the dutch volunteers for the Planetary Society.

http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/worldwide.html (http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/worldwide.html)
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: BrightLight on 08/01/2012 06:39 pm
For those of us in Northern New Mexico on Sunday, Home of Chem Cam,
the science museum in Los Alamos will have a live showing of the landing;

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/bradbury-science-museum-gets-martian-fever

If you need directions, I will give them to you.
I am sure there will be several parties for the event ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: jacqmans on 08/01/2012 09:50 pm
MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-144

NASA HOSTS SOCIAL MEDIA EVENTS ACROSS SEVEN AGENCY FIELD CENTERS

WASHINGTON -- NASA's social media followers at seven field centers
around the nation will virtually come together at a NASA Social on
Friday, Aug. 3, to preview the landing of the Mars Science
Laboratory's (MSL) Curiosity rover on Aug. 6 EDT (Aug. 5 PDT).

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the
agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.
Events will be held simultaneously at the Ames Research Center in
Moffett Field, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.; Johnson Space Center in Houston; Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Langley Research Center in
Hampton, Va. Kennedy will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during
its NASA Social.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT, every center will be connected with JPL,
which manages the MSL mission for NASA, via a multi-center NASA
Television simulcast. NASA Social participants at each center will
have the opportunity to ask questions of the JPL science and
engineering teams during the simulcast. More than 150 social media
followers also will tour their respective host NASA center.

You can view the social online during the day Friday by visiting a
NASA dashboard at: http://www.nasa.gov/social. To get an inside view
during the simulcast with all the centers participating, view the new
NASA superchannel and select webcam views at
http://www.ustream.tv/nasa. The NASA Social speaker program and news
conferences also will be carried on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL with
live moderated Web chat.

After the multi-center events on Friday, the JPL NASA Social will
continue with activities on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, for
25 participants. They will have the opportunity to tour JPL,
participate in news conferences and be present when the first signal
of the rover's landing is detected by JPL mission control.

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials,
follow the hashtag #NASASocial. Use and reference the #MSL hashtag
for mission updates. NASA will be taking questions from social media
users during select news conferences and other televised news events
using the hashtag #askNASA.

For more information on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/msl

The public can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at:

http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

and

http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/connect

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Blackstar on 08/01/2012 09:54 pm
I'm very excited by this, as it will be great to watch the event live in the Headquarters Auditorium with other interested folks. I asked, and no registration is required.  Any other DC-based NSF folks want to go?

I'll be at JPL for the event. I'd just caution that the HQ auditorium is not that big. Then again, it will be really late.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Bubbinski on 08/02/2012 05:56 am
There are a couple of things happening in the Salt Lake City area.

The Clark Planetarium is hosting "Dateline Mars" specials in the Hansen Dome Theater tomorrow, next Tuesday (8/7) and next Thursday (8/9).  I went there for the 7/28 episode and it was very good.  Lots of pictures from Mars probes as well as a historical background including drawings of the "canals" and clips from War of the Worlds.  And we could ask questions.  More information here:

http://clarkplanetarium.org/shows/night-vision/

On landing night itself the University of Utah is hosting a Mars Rover "star party and all nighter" from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am.  I'll be there.  More information here:

http://users.wirelessbeehive.com/~paw/curiosity_flyer.pdf

and here:

http://teacherlinkyetc.blogspot.com/2012/07/public-invited-to-mars-landing-party.html
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Robotbeat on 08/03/2012 04:34 am
Here's a post by Pillownaut (I think she works at NASA) showing the different landing parties on a map:
http://pillownaut.blogspot.com/2012/07/mars-curiosity-landing-parties.html?m=1

Here's the map:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=214551287255474273940.0004c4702aee5390a0041&msa=0&ll=18.646245,-103.710937&spn=139.005751,42.1875 (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=214551287255474273940.0004c4702aee5390a0041&msa=0&ll=18.646245,-103.710937&spn=139.005751,42.1875)
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: simonbp on 08/03/2012 05:52 am
I don't remember those engines firing for as long, but you know what?  Maybe it isn't the dangling per say,  it is the dangling $2.5 billion that makes me twist in my seat a bit.  ;)

Don't believe the cost numbers for the MERs. After the double disaster of MPL and MCO, people at JPL worked huge amounts of unpaid overtime to get the MERs done on schedule and close to budget. MSL had more honest cost accounting, which is why it seems to cost so much more.
Title: Re: MSL Curiosity Landing Events in your local area (Viewing Thread)
Post by: Alpha Control on 08/06/2012 03:55 am
Heading over to NASA HQ in Washington now, to watch the MSL landing in their auditorium. Doors open at midnight (I live two blocks away - how's that for convenience!).

Don't know if anyone else from NSF will be able to attend, but hope to see folks if they are there (I'll be the guy with the goatee, dark shirt and white shorts).

Go MSL!  :)

David