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Curiosity’s Awesome Landing “Trailer”

This short compilation video is a great overview of all the action on landing night for the Curiosity rover: Suspense, intrigue and definitely a happy ending. Only this “made for movie theater”-like trailer really happened.

UPDATE: We’ve gotten comments and questions that some people can’t see the video above, so we’ve added the You Tube version, below.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Olaf2 August 6, 2012, 6:44 PM

    It has been a very long time since I became emotional by watching a science clip.

  • Francisco Javier Aguila Aguayo August 6, 2012, 7:01 PM

    woah such an amazing compilation, looking forward to what things msl will discover 😛

  • enceladus obvious August 6, 2012, 7:41 PM

    Salute to those guys out there!!

  • Kevin Frushour August 6, 2012, 7:46 PM

    I don’t see anything. Just the text, no video box.

  • Stan Taylor August 6, 2012, 7:53 PM

    And Curiosity STICKS THE LANDING!

    • Al_Hall August 6, 2012, 8:52 PM

      It looks like a 10.00 to me….

  • gekkehenkie August 6, 2012, 8:32 PM

    What a great video to watch. I hope we will learn a lot from mars

  • Andrew Rowe August 6, 2012, 10:36 PM

    Well done to jpl and NASA. An emotional event worthy of a gold medal

  • Chuma Agogbua August 7, 2012, 4:50 AM

    I wouldn’t call it a happy ending…more like a happy begining. Congrats and a job well done to NASA!

  • tenstripe August 7, 2012, 5:04 AM

    Worth the cost of a movie ticket. Earth will never be the same; You can’t say that about mars.

  • Lord Haw-Haw. August 7, 2012, 9:00 AM

    Sociologists could learn much from this video clip, if only every workplace environment had such an enthralling atmosphere as the staff at JPL……….

  • armonia August 7, 2012, 4:23 PM

    It’s so hard to believe this is not science fiction, this is not some speculative video on robotics – it’s our own Curiosity finding her way down to Gale Crater on the surface of Mars. Well done NASA/JPL!