It's an exciting time to be a fan of space exploration. The Curiosity Rover is on schedule to land on Mars in just two days. If you happen to be in the southern California area, you might want to check out Planetfest 2012 in Pasadena:
"A two-day celebration for all ages of the real-time landing of Curiosity on Mars. You’ll get play-by-play narration during the spacecraft’s descent and landing, plus a peek at the first images returned from the mission."The event is Saturday & Sunday, August 4th & 5th. There will be many speakers and activities, not to mention a live feed of the actual landing with expert commentary. Hopefully the Martians won't say "Sorry, this is a no parking zone!"
It should be a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to it. I'll have a full report and pics next week :)