Last-minute guide to the Mars landing

(Photo: NASA)

The descent of NASA’s Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars is must-see TV on Sunday night, but for the uninitiated, all the geekspeak, apps and animations can be disorienting. Now you can consider yourself initiated: Here’s a rundown of the basics for the $2.5 billion mission, plus lots of goodies you can sample online.

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