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Curiosity Descent in HD

A high-definition video, created from picture stills as Curiosity made its descent towards Mars, has been released on YouTube.

As one of the top commenters stated, for some reason, you expect there to be sound!

Even without it, it’s quite a ride.

Here’s Entrepreneur’s handy guide to understanding what’s going on in the video!

Before video starts – parachute deploys

0:00 - Heat shield separation

0:21 - Heat shield impacts surface (bottom left)

0:25 - Parachute separation, rocket-powered descent

0:34 - Rocket hover, wheels deploy, begin skycrane descent

0:40 - Touchdown

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Curiosity fired its frickin’ lazer beam

The BBC reported late last night that the Curiosity rover has successfully fired it’s lazer beam as a test to see if the instrument was working.

It’s target was a small stone roughly 2 meters away from the rover pictured below:

The BBC has outlined what happened

ChemCam zapped it with 30 pulses of infrared light during a 10-second period.

Each pulse delivered to a tiny spot more than a million watts of power for about five billionths of a second.

The instrument observed the resulting spark through a telescope; the component colours would have told scientists which atomic elements were present.

Curiosity should start moving towards Mount Sharp very soon.

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New Video and Images from Curiosity

I have been following the Mars rover Curiosity since launch last year, I watched the successful landing yesterday and now I am in amazement of some of the images and video that has been sent back to earth here from the rover. They have been included in a gallery below.

 

A couple of higher resolutions images have been posted up showing Mount Sharp on the horizon.

A video of the descent has also been posted online, you can clearly see the heat shield come off the capsule at the start of the video.

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Curiosity Has Landed

Congratulations to NASA and the entire team behind the Curiosity Rover trip to Mars. At 05.32 GMT, Curiosity successfully landed on the surface of Mars.  I was watching it live on NASA TV and loved the reaction from the team when they heard the news. The image below sums up the reaction from the team.

Shortly after landing a few low resolution pictures where beamed back to earth and more are expected around lunchtime today.  The first few images sent back to earth can be seen below:

Who was it that said we were born to early to explore the Universe?

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Curiosity Landing Interactive Simulation

NASA have released an interactive simulation of the Curiosity descent and landing online, for those of you scientifically minded.

You control the camera and speed of time of the landing, as the rover touches down on the Red Planet.

It’s well worth a play about with.  If you get bored, you can fly around the other planets in the system, and see some very nice pictures of each.

Since we can’t watch the landing live (due to time delay in transmitting back to Earth), this simulation will run in real time, allowing everyone to see how the landing should be going.

Click here to view the simulator.