7 Minutes of Terror this Monday

NASA's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, will be landing on the surface of Mars on Monday, in a mechanically extraordinary event called the Seven Minutes of Terror -- in the seven minutes it takes for the rover to get from the edge of space to the surface of Mars, it has to achieve an extraordinary series of mechanical stunts, including parachutes, thrusters, and a sky crane. That seven minutes is supposed to take place around 1:30am EDT this Monday, so I'm going to be staying up late on Sunday to watch it.  But where I'm going to watch it is difficult to determine.

The Guardian says they're going to be live-blogging it, according to the Washington Post it'll be "Across platforms,"  including Twitter, live-streamed at U-Stream, and playing on the huge TV in Times Square.

I don't know if my post about it will be up quite that early.  NASA's coverage starts at 11:30 Sunday night and ends at 4am, so I'll probably be sleeping in on Monday.

If you've got a job, and can't stay up -- I think you should, anyway.  Just tell your boss you were watching the history of human exploration being written before your eyes, or something.