WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama will congratulate members of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT) this morning.
Audio of the call and video of the JPL team's portion of the call will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
President Obama's call comes a week after Curiosity landed on the Red Planet. Curiosity carries the most advanced science payload ever used on Mars' surface. During the next 2 years, it will use its 10 instruments to investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.
Curiosity was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, which also is where the rover's mission control is located.