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Casey DreierMarch 7, 2013

Planetary Society Hangout: March 7th, 2013 - What's Going On With Curiosity and a NASA Budget Update

Thursday at noon PST/3pm EST/20:00 UT

Curiosity sampling the Martian surface NASA / JPL

The Curiosity rover hit an unexpected snag last week and had to switch over to a backup computer. It's coming out of "Safe Mode" operations later this week, but JPL engineers are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong.

We'll talk to Emily Lakdawalla, who's been following the story, about what happened, what it means for Curiosity, and how the team proceeds from here. There is also the small matter of a massive solar storm headed for Mars, which will make Curiosity hunker down for a few days, too.

We will also speak to Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan before he flies down to Chile for the opening of the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. He's been making an audio diary of his trip, and he'll give us the latest on this gorgeous new telescope array that will unlock new secrets of the universe.

Finally, we check in with the recent issues regarding NASA's budget, particular for Planetary Science. Sequestration is upon the U.S. government, and the House of Representatives just proposed a new budget to fund the government for the remainder of 2013. We'll talk about where we stand and how this uncertainty is effecting NASA's Planetary Science program.

You can ask questions during the Hangout by using the hashtag, #planetarylive on Twitter, posting comments to this page, or on the YouTube page of the video.

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Read more: mission status, podcasts and videos, Planetary Society Video, FY2014 NASA Budget, Mars, radio telescopes

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