Watching Curiosity's Mars Landing Live on a 53-Foot Screen in Times Square

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 15:01 in Astronomy & Space

Times Square: Lit for Mars Laura GeggelThe craziest space moment of the year, in one of the craziest places on Earth TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NY: A dramatic lightning storm with violent accompanying downpour lit up New York's skies yesterday evening. But the unpredictable weather didn't stop New York's space-loving faithful from gathering in Times Square for NASA's airing of the Curiosity landing on one of the largest screens in the world. At first, it was hard to tell the everyday tourists from the Curiosity-curious. Times Square is always a madhouse. I wove through crowds and around food carts, passed a woman arguing with an actor dressed as Elmo, and walked by two horse-drawn carriages plodding slowly through traffic. At 1 a.m., about a hundred people remained gazing up at the massive Toshiba screen, just below the ball that drops on New Years' Eve. THE FAITHFUL "I'm a total space...

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