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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  • ernesto says:

    “666 images, tak­en four sec­onds apart”: I think you mean 4 images per sec­ond. At a rate of 4fps 666 images yield rough­ly the 3 min­utes of footage in the video.

  • Mr. Thomas of Ohio, in America, but of a good nature; says:

    666… The favorite num­ber of ser­i­al killers, Chi­na,… and NASA too? I always thought tech­nol­o­gy like this was of a Faus­t­ian nature. Like I would tell my kids, if I had kids, “tech­nol­o­gy may move your heart, but it will nev­er move Mars!”.

  • Nahla Zahra says:

    I believe that” good work brings good job” con­grat­u­la­tions!

  • Nahla Zahra says:

    I believe that:” Good work brings good luck” Con­grat­u­la­tions!

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