August 23, 2012 12:30 pm
One of the first marvels to reach human eyes after the descent of the Curiosity rover into the thin Martian atmosphere two weeks ago was a timelapse that put together images captured by the rover’s own cameras. That original timelapse was made of low resolution pictures beamed back quickly from surface. Now the high-definition versions of those images have made it back to Earth, yielding the gloriously crisp video above.
Watch for the 20 second mark where you can see Curiosity’s heat shield, ejected at the beginning of the video, smack into the Martian surface. And, at the 32 second mark, the blast of the the Sky Crane’s rockets clearing the surface of dust.
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