Curiosity Descent in HD

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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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