Starting at 03:00 UTC August 6th (8:00 p.m. PDT August 5th) a live, 4-hour webcast, accessible via Google Hangout on Air, will highlight the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. During the webcast, scientists, engineers and other experts will provide unique insight into the rover and the landing, and viewers will have the chance to interact and ask questions.

Hosted by Universe Today’s Fraser Cain, along with Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Phil Plait, the webcast will feature interviews with special guests, a live video feed from NASA of the landing, and live coverage from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Planetary Society’s PlanetFest by reporters Scott Lewis and Amy Shira Teitel, who will be on location to interview members of the MSL team.

The landing itself is scheduled for 05:31 UTC Aug. 6 (10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5). Curiosity's landing will mark the start of a two-year mission to investigate whether one of the most intriguing places on Mars ever has offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

Universe Today, in collaboration with CosmoQuest, hosts weekly virtual star parties and science conversations via Google+ Hangouts on Air.

Those interested in watching Universe Today’s MSL landing event can find more information and also sign up to “attend” the Hangout on Air at this link:

The feed will also be available on Universe Today’s YouTube live feed.

You can also follow the action via Twitter on Universe Today (@universetoday) and Cosmoquest (@cosmoquestX). Use the hashtag #marshangout

Additional information is on Facebook event page.