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Complete Mars Curiosity Descent - Full Quality Enhanced HD 1080p Landing + Heat Shield impact

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Published on Aug 21, 2012

This is a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars and landing, taken by the MARDI descent imager. As of August 20, all but a dozen 1600x1200 frames have been uploaded from the rover, and those missing were interpolated using thumbnail data. The result was applied a heavy noise reduction, color balance, and sharpening for best visibility.

The video plays at 15fps, or 3x realtime. The heat shield impacts in the lower left frame at 0:21, and is shown enlarged at the end of the video. Image source: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimed...

High resolution composite image of source photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixiebat... (Pixiebat)

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