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#ScienceNight: Mission to Mars (LIVE)

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May 22, 2013

The Mars rover Curiosity

A self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work — Feb. 3, 2013 — on Mars. Curiosity landed on the planet on Aug. 6, 2012. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images)

Space geeks: Unite!

John Grotzinger, the head of NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission, is here at PIN headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to share with us the latest research and a behind-the-scenes look at the red planet’s robot rover for Science Night Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio host Tom Weber will chat with Grotzinger on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater about new discoveries, the potential for the building blocks of life on Mars and how it felt when Curiosity touched down after the so-called seven minutes of terror. They’ll be joined by Boing Boing science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker, who’ll help explore the world of space and scientific discovery.

You might not be able to make it to Mars — or even to Minnesota, for that matter — but you can get an evening’s worth of Mars and the science of space right here: We’ll be pulling in photos from the event, tweets from the audience (#sciencenight), updates from stage and more.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Central time tonight (Tuesday, May 21, 2013). Join us!

>> In the meantime, follow all of our Mars coverage — stories, art, updates and more — at

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