Because we live in “the future” and it is pretty cool, I’m blogging from a plane at 32,000 feet on my way to Tucson, Arizona, for the meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones while talking about astronomy, space science, and education. You can be sure we’ll all be tweeting madly with the #asp2012 hashtag.
My plane should be landing just an hour before the Mars Science Lander, aka Curiosity, lands on Mars. My first stop will be to the pajama party at the hotel to watch the landing! But you can follow all the space madness right now from the SETI Institute and JPL through Google+ Hangouts on Air! A good place to check for details is Fraser Cain’s Google plus page. If I get internets and if I can join the hangout from my iPad, I’ll be there near the end of the party, which goes all the way to midnight Pacific.
Fingers crossed. This is going to be one heck of a complicated landing with something called a sky crane and rockets and all kinds of madness. I’ll let Wil Wheaton explain…
UPDATE with links to watch from the Twitters: #MarsHangout awe.sm/d2Ssu, onYou Tube: youtu.be/wrJT1d1BKhw?a and G+: bit.ly/QmyxUq