One of the biggest bummers about Curiosity's epic landing is that there was no news crew on the surface to catch footage of the descent. This full-resolution video of Curiosity touching down, from its own point of view, is the next best thing.
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Adam Steltzner spent nine years working to turn seven minutes of terror into NASA's finest hour since the landing of Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility. Here is a fascinating insider's view of one of the most amazing space exploration feats in history.
A lot of people are wondering why the first colour image from the Mars Curiosity Rover looks so murky. Or why the black and white pictures look so low-resolution and out of focus in some areas. Calm yourselves. They will look absolutely amazing soon, perfect and in high-def.
While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to perfect the rover's software and reevaluate its capabilities. The tests answered critical questions like, "Can it go over that big rock?"