August 24, 2012

Curiosity Landing On Mars In High Resolution

This video was taken by the new Curiosity rover as it made its way towards the surface of Mars.  This movie from NASA’s rover shows most of the high-resolution frames acquired by the Mars Descent Imager between the jettison of the heat shield and touchdown.  The video, obtained on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), covers the last two-and-a-half minutes before touchdown in Gale Crater.

Audio recorded from mission control can be heard, counting down the critical events.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSS

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