As promised, NASA astronauts are preparing to lead a float of the Mars Curiosity Rover through the streets of Washington, D.C. during the Presidential Inaugural parade. Several NASA Twitter accounts posted images of the float before its "launch" into the parade. See them below:
The Mars Rover, ready for the parade, right now moving slower than on Mars twitter.com/Astro_Mike/sta…— Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) January 21, 2013
Updated 5:08 p.m. EST: NASA also published a number of pre-parade images of the float, and its sibling, a mock-up of NASA's still-in-development Orion crew capsule, on its Flickr account. Photo of the Orion capsule float below. See the full slideshow here.