Giant rover to make ‘terrifying’ landing on Mars

No spacecraft has ever landed like this before and NASA admits it’ll be a wild ride. NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, a 2,000 pound (900 kilogram) SUV-sized robotic science laboratory, is scheduled to touch down on August 6 at 1:31 a.m. EDT. Mission managers say Curiosity’s trip to Mars has been “outstanding,” but the landing will be the hardest ever attempted. … Read more

Belmead on James Skywatch, August 25, 7:30 PM:

Skywatch at Belmead on the James / Thomas Berry Educational Center.  RAS will deploy astronomers and telescopes for the event and there will be an indoor introductory session prior to the observing session.  This is an easily accessible dark sky location with plenty of parking adjacent to the observing site.  Please contact Jim Browder at … Read more

Updates on Upcoming Events Live NASA downlink from the International Space Station, July 5: The Science Museum has requested a few RAS volunteers to do astro activities at SMV on Thursday, July 5 in conjunction with a live NASA downlink from ISS. The Museum needs volunteers from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.  Might be good to … Read more