Come land on the Red Planet

It’s going to be a wild ride on a cosmic scale, so come share it with Western.

Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration are inviting the public to join them at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory to view a live network feed of the Mars Science Laboratory landing.

Touchdown is scheduled for 1:31 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6. The observatory will be open from 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 until 2 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

Weather permitting, telescopic observing of Mars and Saturn will run from 10 p.m. until midnight.