(youtube) Working frame-by-frame, it took me four weeks to produce this video. It was a painstaking labor of love.

Ultra-resolution, smooth-motion, detail-enhanced, color-corrected, interpolated from the original 4 frames per second to 30 frames per second. This video plays real-time at the speed that Curiosity descended to the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012.

posted by pumkinandstorm 2 years 2 weeks ago • 4,773 views • 2:54
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Promoting this video and sending it back into the queue for one more try; last queued Thursday, September 13th, 2012 9:31am PDT - promote requested by Hybrid.

ReverendTed says...

I like it, and I know a lot of hard work went into it, but the warping and distortion of the interpolation does get a bit distracting.

brycewi19 says...

>> ^siftbot:

Adding video to channels (<a rel="nofollow" href="http://engineering.videosift.com" style="color:#FF9933">Engineering, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://science.videosift.com" style="color:#088A4B">Science, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://win.videosift.com" style="color:#99D700">Win, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://wings.videosift.com" style="color:#1E90FF">Wings) - requested by Trancecoach.


Hold on. Does every time we invoke a "wings" channel mean that siftbot automatically think that we're also requesting "win"?

Not to say that this video doesn't deserve the "win" channel. I'm just pointing out a potential problem in the way siftbot reads the "wings" invoke.

Fletch says...

There are about 1.5 million years between our ancestors discovering fire and the wheel. Iron, 2500 years after that, and then another 3000 years later, the Age of Exploration, the Renaissance, and the Scientific Revolution. It has only been 109 years since Kitty Hawk, and here we are, watching Curiousity land on Mars, a planet that is an average 150 million miles from Earth, from the comfort of our living rooms.

I must have watched the original 4fps version 30 times. Just an amazing thing for humans to have accomplished in such a relatively short span of time. It just blows me away.

Fletch says...

If you look closely near the bottom the screen (about an inch above the lower edge of the video on my monitor) at the 1:20 mark, just left of center, you can see the heat shield hit and the subsequent plume of dirt that it creates. Watch it in 1080p (full screen) for the clearest view.

Gutspiller says...

That last picture is faked where it shows the rover and a sound zooming out. That's zooming out of a still image, as there is no motion of all that sand moving between the camera and the rover.

And 1080P doesn't consist of Ultra HD. Ultra HD is 4k or higher. Just sayin.

ReverendTed says...

>> ^Fletch:

If you look closely near the bottom the screen (about an inch above the lower edge of the video on my monitor) at the 1:20 mark, just left of center, you can see the heat shield hit and the subsequent plume of dirt that it creates. Watch it in 1080p (full screen) for the clearest view.
Thanks! I knew this was in the video somewhere, but since the frame pans off the heat shield's descent for several seconds I kept losing it.

Fletch says...

>> ^Gutspiller:

That last picture is faked where it shows the rover and a sound zooming out. That's zooming out of a still image, as there is no motion of all that sand moving between the camera and the rover.

Artistic license.

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