Watch the Descent of Curiosity in Stop Motion Animation: The View from the Mars Rover

The Mars rover Curios­i­ty car­ried a Descent Imager (essen­tial­ly a glo­ri­fied HD col­or cam­era), and accord­ing to, it start­ed shoot­ing images at a rate of 4.5 frames per sec­ond upon its descent. We’ll even­tu­al­ly get access to high-res images (1600 by 1200 pix­els). But, in the mean­time, Curios­i­ty has already beamed back 297 thumb­nail images that have been stitched into a stop ani­ma­tion video, giv­ing you anoth­er look at the dra­mat­ic land­ing. The action starts with Curios­i­ty los­ing its heat shield and ends with it touch­ing down on Mars. How cool is that?

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  • joe says:

    this is ter­ri­ble. first we get 20 sec­onds of mean­ing­less text. then pics that are booooor­rrrrinnnnngggg.

  • simon says:

    Joe, I can see how the video may look bor­ing if you don’t under­stand the “mean­ing­less text”.

    This is amaz­ing footage.

  • julio says:

    the guys send a rover to Mars and then some­body describes it as “boooooor­rrri­i­i­ingggg?” Is this seri­ous?

  • Kim says:

    I liked this and the dang thing can­not be removed from my FB page nor will it move. Remains sta­t­ic. I want to unlike it here and unable to do that as well. It is act­ing spam­my on my FB wall and this has nev­er hap­pened. Annoy­ing.

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