Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
August 19th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Mars rover on the move

The Mars rover Curiosity could go for its first, short test drive this week, roughly two weeks after landing.

The mobile science lab touched down on Mars early on August 6 and has been beaming back images of the surface of Gale Crater ever since. But it hasn't yet moved from its landing site. Controllers needed to execute a planned upgrade of its control software and make sure its systems operate properly.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to determine whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting life.

Holiday travel forecast

AAA will release its forecast for travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Tuesday.

The organization will look at how many people are planning Labor Day trips and what effect the sluggish economy will have on their travel plans. Numbers on road as well as air travel are expected.

One of the key concerns of travelers for the upcoming holiday weekend may be gas prices.

Last Sunday, the Lundburg Survey reported that the average price of a gallon of gas had jumped 18 cents over the previous two weeks.

The national average price was $3.69. Chicago had the highest price at $4.23 a gallon. Tucson had the lowest at $3.18.

Basketball stars support Obama

Some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo, will be on hand for a basketball camp in New York City on Wednesday to benefit President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

A shoot-around skills session with the players for one person goes for $2,000, while an autograph session with them will cost $100, according to the campaign's website.

Participants will also get to play in a game coached by the players, the website says.

Among other players, the camp also features women's stars Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes and former NBA greats Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning.

Verdict expected in Norway massacre

A man who admits killing 77 people in a shooting and bombing spree in Norway last year is expected to hear a verdict in the case on Friday, with questions about his sanity being a key factor.

According to authorities, Anders Behring Breivik set off a fertilizer bomb outside the prime minister's office on July 22, 2011, killing eight people. He then took a ferry to Utoya Island, the site of a Labour Party youth camp, where more than 700 young adults were meeting. Authorities say he roamed the island shooting at campers, killing 69 people before members of an elite Norwegian police unit took him into custody

Breivik was put on trial this year. Prosecutors have asked that Breivik be acquitted on the grounds of insanity, in which case he would be held in a secure mental health unit. If he is fully acquitted on the grounds of "necessity," as urged by his defense, he could go free. If he is ruled sane and found guilty of some or all the charges, he would be sentenced to up to 21 years in prison.

Last week, an independent commission issued a report saying that security services could have done more to prevent the attack.

Air Guitar World Championships

Music will be in the air if not in any instruments in Oulu, Finland, on Friday for the finals of the Air Guitar World Championships.

Organizers call it the grand finale of the Air Guitar World Tour.

According to the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, the American representative will be Matt Burns, known as "AIRISTOTLE," who took the U.S. crown during a competition in Denver in July. He'll be matched up against championship air guitarists from two dozen other countries in Finland, according to the organization's website.

What the organization terms "dark horses" or wild cards, get a chance for a spot in the finals during a qualifying round on Thursday.

What does the winner get? A real guitar, of course.

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, after viewing the last cpl days posts, i guess im doing better than the rest of you have been! I was thinkin cement shoes might be a lovely gift for someone, ya know? Lmao

    August 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Air guitar championship?
    I rally don't know; do people who are proficient at air guitar *play* guitar?
    Anyone? Raven?

    August 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    No self respecting guitarist would air guitar. On purpose. Although I do sometimes catch my guys fingers fidgeting when he hears a song he likes. That doesn't count though,cuz its cute.

    August 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    And hey dazzle? I'm over here waving to you,can you see me? Over here!

    August 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @raven:
    As I thought.
    The guys were air-guitaring last night to Rush.
    They lost some dignity...

    Hey, chrissy.
    Thanks for the texts! 😉

    August 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    @ banasy: were they drinking? If so we will just pretend the whole sordid " spell" never happened. Shhh...

    August 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    philip, why?

    August 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Conceited fool list: PHILIP PHILIP PHILIP PHILIP PHILIP PHILIP! Any questions???

    August 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    So banasy, how was your camping trip? And bobcat, did your weekend turn out the way you planned? And dazzle, youre in california? And raven, how the heck are you? And PED, watsa matta, not gettin no action? waaa waaa

    August 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Chrissy:
      It was a lot of fun.
      A LOT of fun.
      There was a bit of air guitar going on, and the shennanigans were pretty fun to watch...went fishing and just a bit of hiking, too.
      Pretty tired, though.

      August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    @really: nice. If that was a jab at me, I only know one person swooning, and it ain't me.

    August 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    I just read the topics on ahead of the curve and guess what? Not ONE mention of a connie or a sibel. I think your lost AGAIN. I believe you need to go up the stairs, and turn right. Happy hunting. Buh bye now.

    August 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Philip, you START OUT attacking, name calling and insulting people, throw a topic of your choosing up and honestly expect people to respond with anything other than " get bent"?having a debate is one thing but You like to argue for arguments sake.

    August 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Roflmao @ philip, now youre stealing posts as well as names? You are one pitiful excuse for a man. I just read that post from someone else.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    There's another word for rooster: bock.as in bock sucker.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Eighteen cent a gallon increase? Believable. This strategy has been going on just before any holiday, for years. Wouldn't be funny if America called thier bluff, and didn't go anywhere.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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