NASA Mars Curiosity Landing
Monday, 06 August 2012
MediaCityUK, Manchester 2012
mclcreate were excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Salford City Council, MediaCityUK, the BBC and NASA by providing staging and AV for the live broadcast of NASA’s Pasadena mission control team achieving their 7 year goal of landing the Science Libratory rover “Curiosity” on Mars.
The stage solution with its line array and lighting, back dropped by the steel and glass of MediaCityUK provided the perfect arena for the NASA lead technicians to provide running commentary of the landing along with a question and answer session. The live feed from mission control was simulcast by the BBC to news agencies around the world.
The event kicked off at 5.00am, with the actual landing taking place at 06.32am. The turnout was excellent for such an early hour, you could feel the tension in the air as the first report was received that Curiosity had made touchdown. The Pasadena control room erupted with cheers and jubilation as did the audience glued to the large screen alongside the stage watching this historic moment.
Following the success of the event, NASA has indicated that there could possibly be future projects for mclcreate to work alongside them, providing support across Europe for their school initiatives.
There was a real sense of history working alongside NASA. Watching the live images of the space centre and viewing the first low quality images beamed back by Curiosity of the Martian landscape. It was an amazing experience, and mclcreate look forward to working alongside MediaCityUK, the BBC and NASA in the future.