Ever wonder what it’d be like to hurtle through the Martian sky down to the surface of Earth’s closest planetary relative? A new video from the Mars Curiosity rover provides a fascinating glimpse, thanks to social media.
The @MarsCuriosity Twitter account posted a link to a YouTube video late Monday afternoon chronicling its recent descent to the Red Planet. The stop-motion video, compiled via 297 frames shot during the final two-and-a-half minutes of the rover’s journey, is embedded above. Below, is the tweet that the rover’s sassy, silly Twitter account used to share the video with the world:
Look out below! What descent to the surface of Mars looked like from my POV #MSL #MARDI bit.ly/OIqmBW
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It’s not exactly crystal-clear, high-def footage, but is nonetheless an exciting transmission from far, far away for tech geeks, space buffs and aspiring interplanetary travelers alike.
Earlier Monday, Curiosity beamed in its first high-res shot from Mars, showing the dusty landscape near where the 2,000 lb. vehicle touched down after months of space travel and a hairy seven-minute landing. When the landing became a success, video of a sleep-deprived NASA team going nuts in the control room quickly went viral online.
Twitter users rejoiced upon Curiosity’s landing as well, and flocked to follow the rover’s creative tweets. @MarsCuriosity currently has more than 725,000 followers, as it keeps fans and nerds updated with text, photo and — now — video posts from space. But the status updates aren’t actually being tweeted from Mars — they’re the work of three staffers led by NASA’s social media manager, Veronica McGregor.