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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and its Curiosity Rover will land on Mars the night of August 5th or the morning of August 6th depending on your location , ~10:30 pm PDT August 5, ~1:30 am EDT, August 6. Opportunities to send spacecraft to Mars only come around roughly every 2.137 years (thank you, Mr. Spock) which is the Earth-Mars synodic cycle, or about 780 days. Miss this window by too much and you have to wait another 2 years to try again and hope that all systems perform well on a seven month journey to the red planet. So, MSL's landing on Mars is truly a special event!!

To celebrate, we are (launching) the Mars Science Laboratory Observing Certificate Challenge to encourage amateur astronomers around the world to hold star parties, observing programs, and other Mars events. To get your own NASA certificate, just send in a picture you have taken of Mars. Mars is not placed too well for imaging right now so you could send in a picture you took say back in March at opposition. OR.... Hold a Mars party or an MSL event, give a talk, volunteer in a school or scout troop, help the world know about Mars Science Laboratory and the search for life on Mars!!

Once you have done this, upload your Mars images or event pics and be sure to give yourself credit in the event/image description. That's it!

You can filter these images to see only the ones you choose. You do this by using the "search" feature on the photo pool page. We'll have the MSL Web page up soon with a link to the certificate. You can find more information on the MSL mission at and

Good luck fellow explorers!!

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