NASA’s Mars Science Lab will launch on the morning of Saturday, Nov 26th, 2011. NASA TV will have live coverage of the launch event online at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
To learn more about the MSL and the new Curiosity rover, visit the Mars Science Lab website for up-to-date information: http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover
Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41
Launch Date: Nov. 26, 2011
Launch Time: 10:02 a.m. EST
For those of you in the Portland, OR area, OMSI will broadcast the launch live!
Saturday, November 26 at 7:02 a.m. in the OMSI Auditorium
On November 26 at 7:02 a.m. PST, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will offer space exploration enthusiasts a front-row seat for the launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. Mars Science Laboratory is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term robotic exploration of the red planet. Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover will assess whether Mars ever was, or is still today, an environment able to support microbial life. Its mission is to determine the planet’s habitability. Launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory will be shown in the OMSI Auditorium via a non-stop live link from NASA TV. Although the museum is closed, the auditorium doors will open at 5:30 am and admission to the televised launch is free. Coffee provided!