Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Leisure

Curiosity Hits New York: Hundreds Watch NASA TV Coverage of Mars Landing in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 12:05 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Photo:Reuters

The engineers in the NASA control room weren't the only ones who were excited over Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Hundreds of people gathered in Times Square in New York City to watch history be made.

The historic moment of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars was broadcasted on the Toshiba Vision screen in Times Square, making it the largest East Coast location for the public to view the live coverage.

Beginning at 11:30 a small crowd gathered to watch the NASA TV coverage of Curiosity's journey.  As the predicted landing time of 1:31 a.m. neared, the crowd grew to close to a thousand after people heard about the public coverage from news sites, Reddit, TV broadcasts and from NASA representatives who handed out stickers on nearby street corners.

Share This Story

 "When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in a press release.

Those who gathered in Times Square were able to watch the action from Mission Control on Toshiba Vision dual LED screens.

"We're pleased the Toshiba Vision screens will offer a unique view of this great scientific achievement, the landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars," says Eddie Temistokle, senior manager of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Toshiba America Inc.

The viewers could hear the audio of the coverage by tuning in to the online radio station Third Rock Radio, which was streamed on the NASA homepage and on the TuneIn mobile app on smart phones and tablets.

The crowd in Times Square erupted into cheers every time Mission Control released an update, but the loudest cheer came when there was confirmation that Curiosity touched down in Mars. The crowds were chanting things like "NASA! NASA!" and "Science! Science!"

More cheers erupted when NASA showed the first photos taken by Curiosity.

"It felt great being here in Times Square with everyone around and everyone cheering," Owen Herterich, a student at Parsons School of Design in New York told Time. "I mean, I'm only 22 years old. This is my first big space moment."

Curiosity rover landed at 1:32 a.m. on the red planet. The project, which was delayed for several years, cost $2.5 billion. Curiosity will explore the planet for two years, searching for any signs of early life.

For a video of the coverage that the crowd watched, click here.

Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Lima, Peru

A Travel Guide to Peru: Things to Know

Peru is a cultural hub filled with unique sights to see, amazing cuisine, a plethora of activities, and is definitely somewhere worth putting on your travel bucket list, but there are a few things to know before planning your trip.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

A gray wolf unseen for over eight decades was shot by a hunter in Iowa.

Grand Canyon Wolf Sighting: Wolf Named Echo Mistaken For Coyote, Killed In Utah By Hunter, Officials Investigating Death

Grand Canyon Wolf Sighting – It has been a decade since a wolf made its appearance at the Grand Canyon. Now, it seems this event is unlikely to repeat since the wolf identified at the sighting has been killed in Utah. A hunter had mistaken the wolf for a coyote.

Intoxicated couple sleeps in Tampa dumpster, rescued from Florida garbage truck

Florida Couple, Dumpster Sleeping, Almost Died, 911 Call From Truck Driver

Florida Couple Dumpster – Florida authorities reported that an intoxicated man and woman had to be rescued after falling asleep inside a Dumpster then later emptied into a garbage truck, according to the Associated Press. A driver from Progressive Waste Solutions said he found the Florida couple dumpster at the back of his truck Wednesday morning.

Texas Muslims heckled at democracy rally

Chapel Hill Shooting: Neighbor Arrested After Mercilessly Shooting Three Young Muslims, What Pushed Craig Stephen Hicks To Hate Crime? Parking Problems Or Problems With Religion?

Chapel Hill Shooting – The Muslim society mourns the death of three young hopeful Muslims shot to death in Chapel Hill early today. It has already been dubbed as a hate crime committed by an atheist identified Craig Stephen Hicks. Early reports claim Hicks had shot three of the young Muslims due to a fight over parking space, but was this truly the reason to end their lives?

Cops shoot boy who carried a BB gun.

NYPD Cops Indicted: Cop Responsible For Death Of Akai Gurley Indicted, First Step To Justice Claimed, Gurley's Family Rejoice Over Cop Charges

NYPD Cops Indicted – The cop responsible for the “accidental” death of Akai Gurley has been indicted. Peter Liang, the rookie NYPD cop, is set to face charges for manslaughter after shooting an unarmed man. Following the charges, Gurley’s family has rejoiced over justice finally being served. Liang on the other hand is in complete shock.

ISIS militants have already gained control over a large part of Syria particularly the city of Raqqa. The U.S. has already launched several airstrikes in the area since September.

American Hostage Killed In Rescue Mission: Kayla Mueller's Parents Pleaded For Negotiation, US Special Forces Went Ahead With Raid, Cost Kayla Her Life, Fourth American Killed At Hands Of ISIS

American Hostage Killed In Rescue Mission – Years after her death in 2013, Kayla Mueller’s parents have finally spoken up about the failed rescue mission that cost their daughter’s life. Mueller is the fourth American hostage to be killed at the hands of the Islamic State militants. Could her life have been saved if the US Special Forces had listened to Mueller’s parents to deal with a negotiation instead?

700-Year-Old Magna Carta Copy Found In Sandwich Archive

Magna Carta Copy: 700-Year-Old, Found In Sandwich Archive Scrapbook?

Magna Carta Copy – A 700-year-old copy of the Magna Carta has reportedly been found in a scrapbook in Kent, England during a search of a council's archives. The discovery of the Magna Carta copy occurred months before the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in Runnymede in 1215.

Snapchat

Girl Selfie With Dead Body: Incident Repeats In Pennsylvania, Guy Uses SnapChat To Forward Photo Of Murdered Victim

Apparently, there’s a bizarre trend going around these past few months. Teenagers have been taking selfies to the extremes. Last Feb 2014, an Alabama high school student was under fire after taking a selfie with a dead body from a biology lab. Yet, the girl selfie with dead body isn’t the worst of its kind as the latest involves a boy from Pennsylvania who took a selfie with the body of his murder victim.

Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Coast Guard Shooting In Cape Cod: Adrian Loya's 'Obsession' With Lesbian Fellow Officer Led To Deadly Shooting, One Dead And Two Injured

Coast Guard Shooting – Adrian Loya, Petty Office Second Class, has finally been arrested following the deadly shoot out leaving one female Coast Guard dead, while severely injuring another Coast Guard and a cop. What led to the deadly shooting?

Canadian Flag

Canada ALLOWING Doctor-Assisted Suicide After Highest Court’s Unanimous Ruling

Canada is now allowing doctor-assisted suicide after its highest court has approved it in a unanimous ruling on Friday.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics