What it’s like to land on Mars: The last 3 minurtes of the MSL’s ‘7 minutes of terror’ – in high resolution

The video starts as the heat shield drops away. You then see the lander slowing, and the mostly-horizontal motion becomes more and more vertical. You can see the dust cloud raised by the heat shield impact at 1:38 in the video, top center of the frame.

 

When the main chute deploys, you see the image sway, and then you see the effects of the Martian winds as the chute descends and drifts in a different direction from the initial ballistic descent.

 

In the last few seconds, the Sky Crane rockets kick on and churn up the Martian dust, which is so thick it eventually blocks the sun.

 

Full Duration MARDI Video of final Descent – YouTube:

 

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