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Curious About Curiosity? Griffith Observatory Hosts Mars Rover Landing Events

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If you are curious about Mars, you might want to get up to Griffith Observatory over the next few days, as the facility gears up for the Curiosity landing Sunday night with a set of rover-themed events.

The big draw will likely be Sunday night, when NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover is slated to land on the "Red Planet" and the Observatory hosts a live viewing event. Here's what's on the program for the anticipated 10:31 p.m. landing:

Griffith Observatory's curatorial staff will present NASA's live coverage of the event, provide additional commentary on the mission, and answer questions in a free program starting at 9:00 p.m. The Observatory will be open for this event until 12:00 midnight. However, inbound Griffith Park gates will close as usual at 10:00 p.m. In addition, the DASH Observatory Weekend Shuttle will stop operating at 10:00 p.m. as usual.

Curiosity launched from Capa Canaveral in Florida November 26, 2011.

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There are a couple more events starting today at the Observatory, too.

Triumph of the Dream screening & Discussion
Thursday, August 2, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Triumph of the Dream is a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Exploration Rover mission that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. After the film, join director Norman Seeff for a lively discussion.

"All Space Considered" Monthly Discussion
Friday, August 3, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Topic: "We're Landing on Mars!" Guest: John Callas, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Project manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project and Leonard David, space journalist

All of the events are free and open to the public, with first-come-first-served seating, and take place in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. If you can't attend in person, all three events will be streamed live online.