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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

August 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Xbox 360 users can watch live Mars rover landing using console

In this video from NASA, an artist’s animation “shows how orbiters over Mars will monitor the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover,” according to NASA. (Video courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Micosoft is all over the Mars rover landing.

Xbox 360 owners can watch the live landing — currently expected at 10:31 p.m. PT — of the Mars rover, Curiosity.

That’s according to Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live who may be better known by his Xbox Live gamertag Major Nelson.

Hyrb says in his Major Nelson site that, from the special Mars rover section of the Xbox 360 dashboard, users will be able to join NASA TV live from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab during the final moments before landing.

Also currently in the Xbox 360’s Mars rover section is a quiz about the mission and information about the engineering that went into it.

In addition, there’s a free Kinect Mars rover simulator game that’s available for download.

KoduMarsEdition.pngAlso, there’s a free downloadable program for kids called Kodu: Mars Edition (photo at right) that lets children create games for the PC or Xbox using a simple programming language. The project, developed with NASA’s Mars Public Engagement Program, led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs, aims to “create compelling learning experiences that develop students’ competency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with 21st-century skills,” according to a blog post from Microsoft Research.

(Photo of Kodu: Mars Edition from Microsoft)

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