New York:  New Yorkers will be able to watch the landing of NASA's USD 2.5 billion rover on Mars in a unique way, with the landmark event being broadcast on a large screen in the city's most popular tourist spot Times Square.

"In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing," NASA's associate administrator for science missions John Grunsfeld said in a statement.

"When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars."

The landing of NASA's huge Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled for August 6.

The NASA Curiosity rover aims to explore over a period of two years the vast Gale Crater and will look for signs if water, and maybe even life, existed on the red planet.

The rover was launched in November 2011.It will be lowered on to the planet's surface by a hovering rocket-powered "Sky Crane".

The landing broadcast will originate from Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's in Pasadena, California which designed the rover and is managing the mission.

If the landing is successful, viewers will be able to see scientists receive the first signal from the rover on Mars.

(Agencies)

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