The Mars Science Laboratory, known as “Curiosity” to most of is since it’s easier to say, is slated to land on the red planet at some point in August of 2012. Since you won’t be able to see the landing for yourself since, you now, you don’t live on Mars, the Jet Propulsion Lab has created this CGI animation of what it will look like when Curiosity lands.
This is jumping the gun ever-so-slighty since the rover depicted in the video hasn’t even completed construction yet, let alone launched. Luckily this fact isn’t lost on the team that created the video, quoting Doug Ellison:
The oddity is that we had to finish our virtual rover ahead of the real rover!
The Mars Science Laboratory is slated to launch in Late November of this year.