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More Amazing Mars Curiosity Images--Video from Its Own Camera During Descent

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 06-Aug-2012
Updated: 06-Aug-2012 10:20 PM

The amazing imagery from the Mars Curiosity rover just doesn't stop coming.

NASA has posted a video showing 297 frames taken by a camera -- the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) -- on the Mars Curiosity rover as it descended to land on the surface.  The low resolution images cover the final two and a half minutes of descent.  NASA called them a preview of approximately 1,504 images of descent held in Curiosity's memory.

Another photo, also taken with MARDI, shows the rover's heatshield after it had been ejected.  It shows the 15 foot diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet away from Curiosity.   

Photo credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Earlier today, NASA released a photo of Curiosity descending under parachute that was taken by another NASA spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, that has been in orbit around Mars since 2006.

Can't wait to see what's next!


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