At mission control, nothing to do now but watch and wait, as the rover and its descent module near Mars' atmosphere and begin to feel the pull of gravity. So far, everything is on track for early-Monday landing.
Mattel has recreated a 1:64 scale miniature of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet on Saturday night, a part of the company's line of Hot Wheel toy cars. The die-cast replica will hit stores in September.
It's not New Year's Eve, but just beneath the ball's usual spot sits a screen which will feature NASA's coverage of the landing of its Mars probe, Curiosity, on Sunday night. Other sites around the country will also provide viewings of the landing.
NASA's car sized Curiosity Mars Science Lab fired its thrusters to set in on course for its scheduled touchdown in the Red Planet's Gale Crater, where, if the landing goes well, it will begin searching for signs of habitability.
William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, the 'Star Trek' icons who portrayed Captain Kirk and Wesley Crusher, appear in two new NASA videos promoting the Curiosity Mars rover, which is scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 5.