Updated Aug. 1, 2012 - 6:42pm PDT
PASADENA, Calif. – The public is invited to tune in for a series of news briefings from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for the upcoming landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will deliver the nearly 2,000-pound (1-ton), car-size robotic roving laboratory to the surface of Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). Curiosity's landing will mark the start of a two-year prime mission to investigate whether one of the most intriguing places on Mars ever has offered an environment favorable for microbial life.
News Briefing and Televised Event Schedule
News briefings will be held at JPL beginning Thursday, Aug. 2, and carried live on NASA Television. Additional events, including a NASA Social Media event Aug. 1 and landing commentary Aug. 5, will be televised. A full schedule of live news briefings is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntvnews and http://www.nasa.gov/msl .
Media unable to attend briefings may contact the NASA/JPL Media Relations Office at 818-354-5011 to request call-in information for either question-and-answer capability or a listen-only line. These limited phone lines will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, participating NASA locations will offer two-way question-and-answer capability for news briefings held during that center's regular business hours.
The schedule of events below is subject to change. All times are PDT.Thursday, Aug. 2
NASA Television Commentary Feeds
Two live feeds during key landing activities from mission control at JPL will be carried on NASA TV and on the Web from 8:30 to 11 p.m. PDT Aug. 5, and from 12:30 to 1:30 a.m. PDT Aug. 6. The NASA TV Public Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl will carry a feed including commentary and interviews.
The NASA TV Media Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 will carry an uninterrupted, clean feed with only mission audio.
Extensive information on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, including an electronic copy of the press kit, news releases, fact sheets, status reports, briefing schedule and images, is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/msl .
For more information about NASA's Mars program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mars .
The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.