NYer’s can head to Times Square tonight to view the landing of the Mars rover on the large LED screen. The landing will be broadcast live on the Toshiba Vision screen that hangs below the New Years Eve ball in Times Square. According to MSNBC, the NASA mission landing cost about $2.5 billion dollars. The broadcast starts at 11:30 pm Sunday night and ends around 4:00 am Monday morning. The exact landing time is scheduled for 1:31 am.
John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science missions, told MSNBC, “In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for NY to experience in this historic landing. When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars.”