Landing Parties


You have responded to the above request with abandon. Parties from Pasadena to Hawaii, to Europe and Asia were held. People all over the world celebrated the Mars landing of NASA’s most advanced planetary rover with gusto.

Curiosity landed on Mars the night of Sunday, August 5, 10:31pm PDT/11:31pm MDT/12:31amCDT/1:31am EDT. Using its precision landing technology, the rover landed only 1.5 kilometers downwind in her narrowed target ellipse at the foot of Mount Sharp in the Gale Crater.

People across the globe were hosting “landing parties” to watch and celebrate this exciting event. You shared the experience by hosting your own landing party and connected with other parties through Google+. The landing was shown onNASA TV and streamed live at Since then many youtube videos show the landing and the parties.


We think we were helpful with giving you the below guidelines on

‘How to Host a Landing Party’

  • Know your city’s landing time based on Universal Time of 05:31 Aug. 6, which translates to 10:31 p.m. Aug. 5PDT or 1:31 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT (plus or minus a minute, according to NASA)
  • Choose a location in your city to watch the landing
  • Register your party at Yuri’s Night party site for the Mars landing
  • Gather a group of people at the watch site
  • Go to NASA website or tune into NASA TV

After you registered your party, Explore Mars shared your event information publicly thereby connecting landing viewers with one another and celebrate together.

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National Geographic

In National Geographic’s e-short book ‘Mars Landing 2012,’ written by Washington Post science correspondent Marc Kaufman and published just as the suspense builds, with Curiosity hurtling toward Mars, space science readers

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