As promised, NASA has stitched together high-resolution imagery of the descent and landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, captured from the rover's own bellycam. The full-color four-frame-per-second video is below, with synchronized narration from Allen Chen and the other scientists in the control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
At first, all is dark for the Mars Descent Imager, aka MARDI, as Curiosity is still nestled in its backshell. Then the heat shield falls away, and Curiosity starts filming the surface of Mars. The dust billowing up near the end is from the sky crane hovercraft lowering the rover to the surface.
As this was happening a couple weeks ago, NASA lost direct contact with the rover (as expected), so Chen and the others were viewing the spacecraft's progress via the Mars Odyssey orbiter. Not to mention the 14-minute light time delay between Mars and Earth. But everything was picture-perfect from Curiosity's own vantage point:
Speaking as a robot, I wish I was there, snif, snif!
Great Video! Keep the details, science, pictures and videos coming please! ;)
i like how they edited out the Face on Mars.
"You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." -Morpheus
"They" as in the Martians themselves edited out the Face of Mars! Yes, they are getting much wiser to our visits and getting better as hiding too. See ya. ;)
High resolution my behind.
Let's see you get better footage. It's about as hi-res as a signal travelling from Mars to Earth can be, especially at that framerate.