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Press briefing schedule for Curiosity (assuming a nominal landing)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

30-07-2012 19:53 CDT

Topics: events and announcements, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

It was with great relief that I received a message from JPL regarding the press briefing schedule for Curiosity. This assumes a nominal landing -- but any off-nominal situation would be a modification to this schedule. I finally have something to base my childcare schedule on. I am one, or maybe two, iotas less stressed about the landing now. Here's the schedule.

The JPL Newsroom will open at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1. Newsroom operating hours, subject to change, are (all times PDT):

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2  -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 3  -- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 -- 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5 -- 8:30 a.m. to round-the-clock
  • Monday, Aug. 6 -- round-the-clock to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8 -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 9 -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 10 -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

News briefing and televised event schedule:

Date/time (PDT) Date/time (UTC) Event
Aug 2 10:00 Aug 2 17:00 Mission Science Overview News Briefing
Aug 2 11:00 Aug 2 18:00 Mission Engineering Overview News Briefing
Aug 4 09:30 Aug 4 16:30 Prelanding Update
EDL Overview News Briefing
Aug 5 09:30 Aug 5 16:30 Final Prelanding Update News Briefing
Aug 5 15:00 Aug 5 22:00 NASA Science News Briefing
Aug 5 20:30~23:00 Aug 6 03:30~06:00 Landing Commentary No. 1
Aug 5 No earlier than 23:15 Aug 6 NET 06:15 Post-landing News Briefing
Aug 6 00:30 Aug 6 07:30 Landing Commentary No. 2
Aug 6 09:00 Aug 6 16:00 Landing Recap News Briefing
Aug 6 16:00 Aug 6 23:00 Possible New Images News Briefing
Aug 7 10:00 Aug 7 17:00 News Briefing
Aug 8 10:00 Aug 8 17:00 News Briefing
Aug 9 10:00 Aug 9 17:00 News Briefing
Aug 10 10:00 Aug 10 17:00 News Briefing

Note that they settle down to a 10:00 a.m. Pacific time press briefing daily as soon as they can. Once upon a time, this would have irked me, as I know that the Mars calendar shifts with respect to the Earth calendar such that this would make sense one day but less sense a week or two later. Now, though, when the Earth calendar rules my life no matter what's happening on Mars, it's a relief. I must be getting old!

In case you're curious what's going on with time on Mars after Curiosity lands, here's a couple of data points (Thanks, Sarah!):

Landing will happen at 22:31 Pasadena / 05:31 UTC / 15:02 LST (Local Solar Time at Gale Crater) (give or take a couple minutes)

No matter what time landing occurs, sol 1 at Gale will begin at 2012-219T07:29:34 PDT or 14:29:34 UTC

Since it's late, and I'm tired, I will leave to a reader the task of taking that datum and calculating approximately when the rover will receive commands (uplink) and return data (downlink) each day....

See other posts from July 2012


Or read more blog entries about: events and announcements, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)


Fozzie: 07/31/2012 04:55 CDT

...after Opportunity lands...???

Ranjones: 07/31/2012 07:55 CDT

Fozzie, it's late and she's tired... give the gal a break. :-D

Richard: 08/13/2012 03:38 CDT

Hello Emily, I have watched you ask great questions on all the briefings I have seen. Do you know if there will be more briefings this coming week or is that the end of them.. I was looking forward to more daily fixes from NASA JPL ! ;)

Emily: 08/14/2012 11:26 CDT

Yes, today :)

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