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Want to see what it looked like for Curiosity as it hurtled toward the surface of Mars? After the heat shield separates, the car-sized rover, still protected by its back shell, continued to fall quickly toward Mars by parachute, until it separated from the back shell and began its powered descent and touchdown (via sky crane) to the ground.

Using footage provided by NASA, Reddit user Godd2 just spent the last four days on behalf of all humankind creating a stunning interpolated HD version of the descent. In layman’s terms interpolation involves taking a choppy video, in this case NASA’s 4 frames-per-second video, and rendering the “missing” frames in between resulting in an incredibly smooth 25 frames-per-second video. 

Compared to the more suspenseful Seven Minutes of Terror video, this one is rather majestic, and inspires awe in a completely different way.

From the archives, all things Mars Curiosity.

via This Is Colossal.

I thought we couldn’t get more excited about Mars Curiosity’s mission to Mars, but then we saw this popular video about the rover’s “Seven Minutes of Terror" —  the final minutes between entering Mars’ atmosphere and landing on the planet’s surface.

The recently released video outlines exactly how crazy the feat of landing the rover actually is. Named Curiosity, the rover must tear through Mars’ atmosphere, which takes up to seven minutes. However, transmitting a signal to Earth of its progress takes 14 minutes because of the distance between the planets.

"When we first get word that we’ve touched the top of atmosphere the vehicle has been alive or dead for at least seven minutes," Steltzner said.

In those seven minutes, NASA engineers have set up a complex sequence of procedures that must be followed in order to avoid disaster.

It is truly riveting stuff… the technology, the materials, the planning and all of the external forces must align, with zero margin of error, for curiosity to land safely on the evening of August 5th. “Dare mighty things” indeed.

via Vidque.