Mars touchdown re-stitched

Last updated 10:34 24/08/2012
Fairfax Australia

A visual effects editor in the US compiles hundreds of high resolution NASA images into the clearest video view of Curiosity's landing yet.

Nasa Mars Curiosity Landing

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Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new Nasa video detailing the final moments of touchdown.

The space agency has posted the video on its website embedded with audio from mission control.

It starts with the heat shield falling away. The ground grows larger in view as Curiosity is lowered by cables inside an ancient Martian crater.

"Touchdown confirmed" is heard followed by cheers.

Curiosity is the first spacecraft to record a landing on another planet.

The six-wheel rover arrived on August 5 to begin a two-year mission to examine whether the Martian environment was hospitable for microbial life.

Nasa previously released a low-quality video of Curiosity’s landing.

The latest video is higher quality, but it’s incomplete and missing several frames.

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