Space roundup

There will be a solar eclipse for parts of South Africa, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Antarctica on Friday.

The Mars Science Laboratory with its Curiosity rover is scheduled to launch on Saturday.

The new International Space Station crew has settled in and will be celebrating Thanksgiving. The commander for Expedition 30, Dan Burbank, had this message for everyone back on Earth.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htoZwE8n–Q&w=560&h=315]

So just remember, even if Aunt Bertha burns the marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole, at least it’s not freeze-dried.

And best of all, the Soyuz with the Expedition 29 crew landed safely in Kazakhstan. Astronaut Jeremy R. Hansen is in Russia for training, and he tweeted these pics from the landing.

Scorch marks from the retro rockets are visible.

UPDATE: Blue Origin’s rocket test
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NANePoo_p30&w=560&h=315]

Busy week.