Curiosity’s Awesome Landing “Trailer”

by Nancy Atkinson on August 6, 2012

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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 Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Olaf2 August 6, 2012 at 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 at 7:01 PM

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

enceladus obvious August 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Salute to those guys out there!!

Kevin Frushour August 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM

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

Kevin Frushour August 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Ah! My noscript blocked it.

Stan Taylor August 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM


Al_Hall August 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It looks like a 10.00 to me….

gekkehenkie August 6, 2012 at 8:32 PM

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

Andrew Rowe August 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

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

Chuma Agogbua August 7, 2012 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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!

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