Watch The Mars Lander From Times Square

08.01.12 David Lumb

Those tooling around midtown late Sunday night will get a rare treat as the landing of the Mars rover “Curiosity” is set for broadcast on the Toshiba Vision screen below the famous New Year’s Eve ball. The $2.5 billion rover is scheduled to touch down at 1:31 a.m. on Monday, August 6. Unfortunately, as the video below explains, viewers will not be able to see the rover land in real-time: broadcasts take 14 minutes to be travel from Mars to NASA command. This makes the rover’s “7 Minutes of Terror”–the seven minutes between when the heat shield-wrapped rover hits Mars’ atmosphere and when the rover has been safely air-dropped to the surface–entirely dependent on the preparations and alterations NASA makes in advance of the 14-minute delay.

(Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr)