NASA just announced that more than one million people have watched – via live webcam – as NASA has assembed its next Mars rover – nicknamed the Curiosity rover. It’s being tested and assembled in a clean room at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and you can tune in via webcam and watch engineers and technicians clad in head-to-toe white smocks working on the rover … like this one:
Continuous live video of rover construction:
Viewers from Chile, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Mexico and the United Kingdom have sent good wishes and asked questions in the chat box that accompanies the webstream, which has been dubbed Curiosity Cam. At scheduled times, viewers
can interact with each other and JPL staff.
Curiosity will be launched toward Mars between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18, 2011. It’ll arrive on Mars in August 2012.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.