The University of Leicester is involved in a NASA project which is hoping to land a spacecraft on Mars.
Dr John Bridges from the University's Space Research Centre is leading a team that expect to land a space rover on the planet on Monday 6 August.
His group include scientists from the University of Leicester, the Open University and CNRS France.
The Mars Science Laboratory mission is deploying the most powerful set of instruments ever sent to the Red Planet.
Dr Bridges and his team will be in California to witness the landing,but there is going to be a free public event held at the National Space Centre in Leicester at the same time so people in the Midlands can get involved with the outer space experiment.
Malika Andress from the National Space Centre said:
The rover is scheduled to land at 6.31am UK time on Monday 6th August before it begins 2 years of scientific work.