Curiosity Descent Video (HD)

Remarkable footage released by NASA showing the Curiosity Rover landing on the Martian surface. The first phase of the descent is shown with the heat shield being released, followed by the parachute opening and then the final part of the descent phase – sky crane. For best viewing, watch the footage in ‘original’ quality (1600×1200 resolution) by clicking on the cog.

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