Relive Curiosity rover's triumphs ... and find out what's next on Mars

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Flashback to Aug. 5-6, 2012: Curiosity team member Miguel San Martin holds a flag and gives a high-five to teammate Adam Steltzner at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the celebration of the rover's successful landing on Mars. Damian Dovarganes

Where were you one year ago? NASA's Curiosity rover was getting settled on the surface of Mars — and snapping its first color pictures. Meanwhile, the scientists and engineers on the Mars Science Laboratory's team were wrapping their heads around the task of exploring the Red Planet with a mobile lab as big as an SUV. And the rest of us were basking in the wonder of it all.

Join us for a look back at the first year of Curiosity's mission, and a look ahead at what's to come, on Wednesday's edition of "Virtually Speaking Science." The talk show gets started at 8 p.m. ET, online via Blog Talk Radio and in the Exploratorium's auditorium in the Second Life virtual world.

Our guests include the Curiosity mission's deputy project scientist, Joy Crisp of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Doug Turnbull, host of Mars Pirate Radio. You can sit around the virtual campfire and reminisce about those crazy seven minutes of terror on Aug. 5-6, 2012, and find out more about what's in store for the six-wheeled explorer.

If you miss the live show, never fear: You can always catch up with the podcast that'll be archived on Blog Talk Radio and iTunes. Got questions or comments? Tweet 'em to us by using the hashtag #askVS, or use the call-in number that's listed on this webpage.

Here's a list of our previous "Virtually Speaking Science" episodes:

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