Curiosity’s Descent Video in Amazing, Incredible HD Quality

Article written: 22 Aug , 2012
Updated: 4 Jan , 2016

It keeps getting better! This is a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars, taken by the MARDI descent imager. This video, put together by Daniel Luke Fitch, uses all but a dozen of the full resolution 1600×1200 frames (some haven’t been uploaded from the rover yet). The result is a mind-blowing, HD view of Curiosity’s view as it landed — and it also shows the best views yet of the heat shield impact. Wow!


8 Responses

  1. ClayCampbell says

    Wow they actually captured the heat shield impact, quite impressive!

  2. ren00r says

    Maybe some comments in video when exactly each stage kicks in would be useful

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    Aqua4U says

    You are so right Nancy… it just keeps getting better! Many thanks to the MSL crew, you and Ken and everybody else for providing such great coverage of these epic events! GO Curiosity!

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  5. msadesign says

    I wonder why I can’t go to full screen on UT, but have to go to YouTube? Or maybe I don’t know how to do it?
    Thanks for these vids. It’s much easier coming here than wading through NASA sources.

  6. bugzzz says

    Wow! The heat shield drop is so wild. Then landing on the surface and the detail of the stones / pebbles. Incredible.

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