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Descent to Mars: VIDEO


The Curiosity probe's landing, in 'HD':

This is a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars, taken by the MARDI descent imager. As of August 20, all but a dozen 1600x1200 frames have been uploaded from the rover, and those missing were interpolated using thumbnail data. The result was applied a heavy noise reduction, color balance, and sharpening for best visibility.

The video plays at 15fps, or 3x realtime. The heat shield impacts in the lower left frame at 0:21, and is shown enlarged at the end of the video.


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  1. Amazing... what a spectacular achievement.

    Posted by: Tre | Aug 23, 2012 1:07:11 AM

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  3. Awesome.

    Posted by: miguel | Aug 23, 2012 11:05:30 AM

  4. So cool.

    For those who care, the real-time video is located at:

    These videos show the descent from about 7 miles above the surface, at the point when the heat shield detaches and the parachute opens. Then, about 1000 meters above the surface the parachute detaches and the vehicle fires rockets to further slow the descent so the rover (which, at 35 meters, is lowered by the "sky crane" to hand from the vehicle) can land softly and then the vehicle propulsion section jets away so that it doesn't smash into the rover. Hence all the dust near the end of the video.

    Anyone reading this probably knows all that, but I just enjoy describing the whole Rube-Goldberg sort of contraption. It's hard to decide which is more impressive -- that we can send something to another planet and land it where we want to, or that we can build a contraption with so many complicated moving parts that ends of working just as planned after a trip through space.

    Posted by: Buster | Aug 23, 2012 5:54:58 PM

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