MSL Curiosity is busy investigating the surface of Mars, to see if that planet could have harbored life. Image: NASA/JPL/Cal-Tech

Curiosity’s Awesome Landing “Trailer”

Article written: 6 Aug , 2012
Updated: 6 Jan , 2016

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 the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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13 Responses

  1. Olaf2 says

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

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

  3. enceladus obvious says

    Salute to those guys out there!!

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

  5. And Curiosity STICKS THE LANDING!

  6. gekkehenkie says

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

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

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

  9. tenstripe says

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

  10. Lord Haw-Haw. says

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

  11. armonia says

    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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