A quick scan of the internet this morning will show you that in a handful of hours, NASA’s Curiosity rover will be making a spectacular entrance onto the surface of the red planet.

The official site to the stream is nice and light, but it’s held back by the use of Flash — at least, on my Linux desktop.

If you don’t want Flash chewing up your CPU cycles, the best way is to use your media player of choice to view the stream.

I have a working stream this morning by using:

vlc http://nasa-f.akamaihd.net/public_h264_700@54826

You can always substitute vlc for your media player of choice; I had no luck with totem, but mplayer worked fine.

And if that doesn’t work, there are plenty of other options available in this thread at Reddit’s /r/linux.