Join scientists worldwide Sunday night as they watch the Curiosity rover, the largest and most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to explore Mars, make its much anticipated landing.
At 10:31 p.m. Pacific time, Curiosity's landing system will lower the 2,000-pound rover to Mars' surface using parachutes and rockets.
Because of the time it takes to send radio signals between Earth and Mars, the rover has been programmed to land itself.
Want to take a closer look at the planet where the rover will land? Visit the observatory at UC Irvine on Saturday night. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors can spy Mars, Saturn, the Ring Nebula and star clusters through observatory telescopes.
Attendees can also learn how to use a night sky map to locate constellations -- and they'll hear a lecture by astrophysicist Tammy Smecker-Hane.