Curiosity’s Landing Video in Mind-Blowing HD

This is awesome! The full-resolution images taken by Curiosity’s Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) instrument have been downloaded and assembled by Luke Fitch into a high-definition video of the rover’s descent and landing on Mars. From the heat shield falling away to the final, dust-blown touchdown in Gale Crater via sky crane, we finally get a good look at what Curiosity saw when it landed on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT on August 5, 2012. Enjoy!

All images credit NASA/JPL-Caltech. Thanks to Fraser Cain from Universe Today for sharing this, and to visual effects editor Daniel Fitch for putting it all together.

UPDATE: Below is a version of the same footage except with the movement smoothed out by Dominic Muller (and sound effects added; there was no microphone on the EDL apparatus.) After touchdown a later panorama has been added as well as a “selfie” of the rover’s Mastcam units. Be sure to watch in 1080p full screen for maximum effect!


  1. Jeff Barani says:

    Woawwww !!
    It’s really awesome HD video.
    Thanks for sharing it 😉
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


    1. J. Major says:

      Thanks Jeff! I love it.


  2. Arch says:

    Never gets old 🙂


  3. Irma says:

    Norm Feuti linked me here! Love the site! I’ll be visiting often (and am now following you on FB and twitter) 🙂


  4. Ferit Tuzer says:

    mind blowing should be reserved for stuff that’s really mind blowing.


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