JPL's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet yesterday. Very exciting!
My girlfriend and I went to Griffith Observatory to watch the landing, as they had a special show setup.
They were showing NASA TV in the Nimoy Theater, which was filled up rather quickly. They also projected it on a screen outside in the gallery.
It was nice to see such a big crowd there to watch! And needless to say, there was a great round of applause and excitement when it was announced that a signal had been received from the surface!
Two weeks ago, we also went to the JPL Open House. The Mars Science Lab mockup was out for show. That'll be our next Mars encounter!