Watch NASA building next Mars rover via live webcam

You can watch via live webcam as NASA builds the next Mars rover, whose nickname is Curiosity.

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.

Bruce Jakosky on the future MAVEN mission to Mars

Curiosity will be launched toward Mars between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18, 2011. It’ll arrive on Mars in August 2012.

Source: NASA

Deborah Byrd