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N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences offers late night Mars rover viewing

Posted August 2, 2012

You can spend at least part of Monday night at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences as it offers a special live viewing of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.

Doors open at 11:30 p.m., Sunday. The event runs midnight to 2 a.m., Monday (you read that right). Solar System Ambassadors from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will be there to offer information Mars, the landing and related topics, including the so-called seven minutes of terror.

“We've got literally seven minutes to get from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars — going from 13,000 miles an hour to zero, in perfect sequence, perfect choreography, perfect timing," says NASA engineer Tom Rivellini.

The museum also will have an Xbox Kinect out so kids and others can try their hand at landing a virtual Curiosity rover.

It's all free. For more information, click here.

Also at the museum starting this month: Trees R Us. Through the end of the year, the museum will offer a variety of tree-related science event and activities. Check the museum's website for details.


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