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There’s going to be a lot of news from Mars this month as a one-ton rover – fondly known as Curiosity – attempts to make its way to the surface of the red planet.

The mission, which launched in November of 2011, is a massive endeavor that aims to answer the age-old question of Mars’ habitability, among other things. Curiosity is expected to land on the Martian surface at 1:30 a.m. ET Monday, Aug. 6. And, as we’ve mentioned previously, we’re more than a bit worried about the now-famous “Seven minutes of Terror.” That’s the time it’ll take Curiosity to get from the top of Mars’ atmosphere to its surface. (If you haven’t seen the video, you must.) Anyone else experiencing a bit of anxiety?

In honor of the mission, we’ve placed a countdown on the left side of our homepage. Nothing fancy … it’ll work for now.

August brings some other news, including the Perseid meteor shower. Check out the video below for more information about that as well as some other interesting things you could see in the night sky this August.