Tuesday, August 7

Landing on Mars

A bit off topic but interesting none the less. Nasa has released a short video recorded by the Curiosity Rover as it landed on Mars:

The shot intially shows the heat shield dropping away, then the camera shows the descent and eventually dust blown about as Curiosity is dropped to the ground. The 'ring' that suddenly appears near the end of the video is the point when the cranes rockets fire and after that Curiosity is rapidly lowered to the surface on cables.
It's amazing that all the technology worked (so far) on such a massively complicated system. Pity they didn't have a camera pointing up showing the rocket/crane dropping the rover! Or maybe they have but haven't released the video yet.

Here is the updated higher resolution and longer version released later:

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