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?"
A friend at NASA has sent us this exclusive document that reveals two things for the first time. One, it shows exactly where Curiosity landed yesterday, something that hasn't been officially disclosed yet. Its accuracy is like shooting a bullet from the Empire State Building in New York and hitting the tip of the antenna on the the Eiffel Tower in Paris.