Washington: NASA's Curiosity rover will land on the surface of Mars at 0531 GMT on Aug 6 and the landing process will be broadcast live from the New York City.
Programming will originate from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, but there will be lag as it takes 14 minutes for radio signals on Mars to travel to Earth, Xinhua on Tuesday quoted the US space agency as saying.
The six-wheeled rover, weighing about one tonne, dwarfs all previous robots sent to the surface of the Mars.
It is about twice as long and more than five times as heavy as any previous Mars rover.
It has been equipped with 10 scientific instruments, including two for ingesting and analysing samples of powdered rock delivered by the rover's robotic arm.
The rover is on a precise course for a landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work, according to NASA.
During a prime mission lasting one Martian year -- nearly two Earth years -- researchers will use the rover's tools to study whether the landing region has had environmental conditions favourable for supporting microbial life and favourable for preserving clues about whether life existed on the planet.
Story first published:
August 01, 2012 08:55 IST