NASA Releases Video from Mars Rover

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Video shows Curiosity descending from orbit.

In this photo released by NASA's JPL, this is one of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT ). It was taken with a "fisheye" wide-angle lens on the left "eye" of a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the left-rear side of the rover. The image is one-half of full resolution. The clear dust cover that protected the camera during landing has been sprung open. Part of the spring that released the dust cover can be seen at the bottom right, near the rover's wheel. On the top left, part of the rover's power supply is visible. Some dust appears on the lens even with the dust cover off. The cameras are looking directly into the sun, so the top of the image is saturated. The lines across the top are an artifact called "blooming" that occurs in the camera's detector because of the saturation. As planned, the rover's early engineering images are lower resolution. Larger color images from other cameras are expected later in the week when the rover's mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA has released a low-resolution video of the Curiosity rover during the final few minutes of its descent to the Martian surface.
The video showed the protective heat shield falling away as the rover plummeted through the Mars' atmosphere, and dust was being kicked up as it was lowered by cables inside a crater.
Curiosity successfully executed the new landing routine Sunday night and has since returned a flood of pictures.
The mission team is awaiting for full-resolution frames of the descent -- a process that would take some time. Once they're sent back, it'll be the first full glimpse of a spacecraft landing on another world.
The video can be found on NASA's website.


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