Navid Baraty

Mars Curiosity Rover Landing Broadcast

Times Square, Earth

One year ago today, I went to Times Square on a rainy Sunday night to watch the broadcast Curiosity's landing on the surface of Mars. Thousands gathered to watch the rover safely land on Mars after a 352-million mile, 8.5 month journey.

People were absolutely captivated with wonder by the images being displayed on the Toshiba screen at Times Square, and listened closely to the audio broadcast over their phones. When the rover landed after the suspenseful seven minutes of terror, Times Square erupted in a loud cheer followed by chants of "Science! Science! Science!" and "NASA! NASA! NASA!"

It was really incredible to see so many people collectively captivated by science and exploration. One of my most memorable nights in New York City.

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