The Final Descent of NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Captured in High Resolution

A few weeks back, we showed you the first grainy footage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, landing on the dusty surface of Mars. And we promised to follow up with higher res footage when it became available. Well, it’s now online and on display above. Just to recap, the video shows the final descent of Curiosity, from the point where it jettisons its heat shield to the moment when it touches down on the martian surface. The video was stitched together with 666 images taken at a rate of four per second.

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