Saturday, September 15, 2012

HD Video of Mars Rover's Descent

The Mars Curiosity Rover’s nail-biting plunge to the surface of the Red Planet on August 6 can now be seen — from the perspective of the rover itself — in ultra high-definition video.

The video opens with the base of the re-entry vehicle falling away to the Martian surface. In the course of the descent one can hear the sounds of the parachute in the atmosphere and the firing of the descent engine.

Independent video producer Bard Canning spent four weeks painstakingly reprocessing imagery released earlier by NASA showing the rover’s near-perfect descent as captured by its onboard Mars Descent Imager (MARDI), a downward facing camera.

Here’s the video:

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