This week’s Friday random video for dentists features video of the descent to Mars by the Curiosity Mars rover, making this the first recording by a spacecraft of its landing on another planet.
As of August 20, all but a dozen 1600×1200 frames have been uploaded from the rover, and those missing were interpolated using thumbnail data.
The result was applied a heavy noise reduction, color balance, and sharpening for best visibility. (YouTube)
Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It is about the size of a small SUV — 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall — (about 3 meters long (not including the arm), 2.7 meters wide, and 2.2 meters tall), or about the height of a basketball player. (NASA)
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