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Where To View the Mars Curiosity Landing

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  • by neokushan (932374) on Friday August 03, 2012 @08:13AM (#40866523)

    I would say there's plenty of great reasons for wanting to watch this - witnessing a fairly major event in history (possibly even more major depending on what it finds on the planet), seeing science hard at work, watching how millions of dollars and collaboration between thousands of people can pay off.

    However, ultimately, the reason many people will be watching is purely to be there if something goes wrong. There'll be fireworks, or at least some sort of graph that suddenly dips.

  • by boyfaceddog (788041) on Friday August 03, 2012 @08:54AM (#40866785) Journal

    It's where NASA films all their best stuff.

  • by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Friday August 03, 2012 @11:45AM (#40868759)

    Does anyone know why the landing is so late? I am in California, and the landing isn't till 10:30pm here, so my kids probably won't be in bed till after 11 on a school night. It is even worse for east coasters. Couldn't NASA have scheduled the landing for US prime time to get more viewers and interest? Maybe this is the only time the rotation of both planets is lined up right.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03, 2012 @12:07PM (#40869095)

    But it's already timeshifted 14 minutes!

  • by drkim (1559875) on Friday August 03, 2012 @12:54PM (#40869755)

    I'm pretty sure NASA/JPLs first concern is: "How can we get the highest television ratings for this mission?" The thinking went something like this:

    Mission control:
    "OK guys, we're up against the Olympics most of that week, but market trend analysis show that most people will be tired of the Olympic stuff by Sunday at 5:00pm. However, we are looking at back-to-back "Family Guys" in the 5:00pm to 6:00pm slot, and we'll never make numbers against that. in the 6:00pm to 7:00pm slot we're up against TMZ and "Simpsons" we'll lose a lot of the geek demo there, uh, let's see... "Big Bang," no... "House," no... no... no...

    I guess gentlemen, we're looking at 10:30pm. We'll be losing a big portion of our share to a "McHale's Navy" rerun, but any later and we're up against "Twilight Zone" - we won't have a chance.

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