Thanks to NASA's Kepler mission, we now know about three new super-Earth-sized planets that fall in the "Goldilocks" zone of a star's orbit,where the surface temperature of a planet could hold liquid water. The planets are spread over two different systems, Kepler-62 and Kepler-69, which each have multiple planets, but the ones you should be excited about are Kepler-62e, 62f, and 69c.
After celebrating their six month anniversary earlier this week, the Curiosity rover has finally consummated its relationship with the planet Mars by drilling its first hole into the rocky surface. Curiosity and Mars have been fooling around for a while now, with the rover analyzing samples and sending photos of the planet's mounds and craters to all its friends, but the two finally went all the way this weekend. Curiosity's next step is to further probe the hole to search for evidence of a once wet environment.
On Monday, August 6th at 1:31 AM EDT, Curiosity, NASA's most advanced planetary rover, will come to the end of its 8-month journey through space to land on the red surface of Mars. And we get to watch it, not alone at home with echoes, but with a whole bunch of fellow space-heads, right in the middle of Times Square. A whole bunch of us, standing still on the streets of New York, witnessing mankind's curiosity.