First Video of Curiosity Rover Shows Its Exciting Descent to Mars

This video covers the last two and a half minutes of Curiosity's descent from her point of view. It's made of 297 frames captured during the landing. You can see the thermal shield being jettisoned and the wheel of the rover as it's being dropped by the skycrane.

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There's a lot of dust at the end, but you get the idea. Spectacular images and awesome success by NASA. Things just keep going perfectly, according to the Curiosity rover team here at NASA's JPL. These people are nailing it, and their machine is working just as expected.

Gizmodo is covering the Mars Curiosity rover live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Check all the articles here.

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ChairmanMao
ChairmanMao

Hey you guys, think about it.

We, humans, transported a MACHINE... a ROBOT... a computer MACHINE... and landed it on a DIFFERENT PLANET.

Across space. Thousands of mile across the HARD VACUUM of OUTER fuckin' SPACE.

Onto completely different planet.

Without human hands being physically present.

And we also put a HUMAN on Earth's MOON.

We also have freakin' powerful quasi-SUPERCOMPUTERS in the palm of our hands ("smartphones"), snapping and uploading our crappy little pics to some server somewhere "in the cloud".

I mean, HOLY SHIT, you guys.

Just think about it. THINK about it.

For all our in-fighting bullshit, Humanity still has some awesome, nigh-God-like abilities.

That's all I'm saying.

I mean... FUCK, man. A person, on the moon. A robot, on Mars.

Amazing.