Discovery to air Mars landing live

Two-hour special on Daily Planet will cover the arrival of the Phoenix Rover on the Red Planet

Discovery Channel Canada plans to capture the next milestone in exploration of the Red Planet with Mars: The Phoenix Lands on May 25.

The two-hour special will include live footage as NASA’s Phoenix Rover arrives on the planet’s surface at 7:46 p.m. ET. The craft will be the first to explore the Martian arctic, and the Phoenix team hopes to uncover clues in the icy soil about the history of near-surface ice and its potential for habitability.

Hosted by Daily Planet‘s Jay Ingram — who will transmit live from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California — the special will cover the reactions of international space scientists and chronicle the Rover’s journey, which was more than nine months in the making.

Dr. Alain Berinstain, director of space exploration for the Canadian Space Agency, will join Ingram at mission control to provide a broader look at the scientific implications of the venture and comment on the first pictures of the Martian arctic.

From Media in Canada