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NASA Mars Rover landing to stream on Xbox 360 this weekend

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Curiosity is set to land on Mars this weekend, and Microsoft is celebrating the occasion.

NASA is set to live-stream the landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity through the Xbox 360 dashboard this weekend, Major Nelson announced.

Users can take part in the event through the new Mars Rover section of the console dashboard which will allow them to access quizzes about the mission, learn about the engineering involved in its making, and join NASA TV live from mission control during the final moments before landing. In addition, a free Kinect Mars Rover simulator is available for download.

The scheduled landing will be shown live on twin LED displays in New York's Times Square, as well as through Ustream, while audio from the mission's control center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be made available through NASA's online radio station Third Rock Radio.

Curiosity is designed to determine the planet's habitability, climate, geology, and to collect data for future manned missions to Mars.