Published on Aug 21, 2012
Video UPDATED on August 21, 2012
This is a mashup video of Mars Science Lab (MSL) Curiosity Rover videos set to "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen from the album Curiosity. The videos feature the launch of MSL, testing of the spacecraft at JPL, and animations of the cruise and entry, descent, and landing (EDL) of the rover. No NASA time or resources were used to make this video.
The video has been updated from the previous version to include footage of the MSL team celebrating the landing (August 6, 1:32am EDT), a couple JPL videos published in the week leading up to landing, and various happenings with the Curiosity rover its first couple weeks on Mars.
Key lyric/MSL relations:
* "Where you think you're going baby?" - Mars (Gale Crater specifically)
* "And this is crazy" - the entry, descent, and landing using the skycrane design, which is engineered to work, but looks crazy. And of course, landing on Mars is always incredibly risky.
* "So call me maybe" - NASA will be on pins and needles waiting for the call back from the Curiosity rover after it lands, since there's about a 50/50 survival rate of Mars landings
* "It's hard to look right at you baby" - NASA will actually be communicating with Curiosity via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Odyssey orbiter, since the timing and location on Mars of the landing won't make Direct to Earth communication possible immediately following landing.
All images are credited to nasa.gov or whitehouse.gov
The titles of the videos used in this video and the websites where the full length versions of them can be found are below.
* The Challenges of Getting to Mars
- Launching a Mars Rover
- The Cruise to Mars
- Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror
* Mars in a Minute
- Where Does Your Curiosity Lead?
- How Do You Land on Mars
- How Hard Is It to Land Curiosity on Mars
* Building Curiosity: Going For A Spin
* Communicating with Curiosity
* Curiosity Has Landed
* Curiosity Speaks
* Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars
* Landing System Drop Test
* Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation (Full Version)
* Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site: Gale Crater
* Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Flying Over Mars
* The Science of Curiosity: Seeking Signs of Past Mars Habitability
* Curiosity's First Low-Resolution Color Panorama
* Dropping in on Mars: A Rover's Eye View
* Explore Mars With Curiosity
* Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras
* Up, Down and All Around Curiosity
* Zooming in on the Scene of Curiosity's Landing
* Mars' Whirling Dust Devil
* Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch, Mars Orbit Insertion and Aerobraking Animation