03 Aug '12, 2pm

Video Friday: Are You Ready For Mars?

Late Sunday night, west coast time, NASA's Curiosity rover , one of the most sophisticated (and expensive) robots that the world has ever seen, will attempt to land on the surface of Mars. If you've been living under a rock that's been living under another rock that's actually on Mars, there's a chance that you haven't heard about what's going to happen . So today, we're going to fill you in with a bunch of videos. Oh, and we'll also be on the ground at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (where the mission control is located) in person to bring you the show live as it happens. A good place to start with Mars Science Lab (aka MSL aka Curiosity) is with this overview from Ph.D Comics , which you're pretty much guaranteed to understand even if you know nothing about robots or Mars: And here's an overview of the whole mission, narrated by Captain Kirk: JPL ...

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