Here’s Live Coverage of the Mars Rover Landing at 10:31 pm Pacific Time Tonight

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Via BoingBoing, here’s a live feed for tonight’s landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. The livestream starts at 8:30 pm Pacific time, and the rover is scheduled to land at 10:31 pm Pacific time. More details from BoingBoing here.

Even if you don’t care about Mars exploration — in which case, why are you reading this blog? — you should watch anyway. The entire landing process is mind-bogglingly complex, and there’s always the white-knuckle, NASCAR-like possibility of total catastrophe. You won’t want to miss that even if visiting nearby planets doesn’t excite you. Remember: these are your taxpayer dollars at work.

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