Mars Science Laboratory Movies

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The Science of Curiosity: Seeking Signs of Past Habitats on Mars
Unlike previous rovers sent to Mars, Curiosity is a robot chemist seeking evidence of past habitability on Mars.

Chemistry on Mars: The Curiosity Rover's Mission to Uncover Martian Habitabilty
A visit to JPL to talk to the Mars Science Laboratory Deputy Scientist, Ashwin Vasavada, who gives a look "under the hood" of the rover, explaining the role of the analytical chemistry instruments found onboard Curiosity. Curiosity's primary mission goal is to determine the habitability of the Gale Crater, which scientists believe was once filled with water. Curiosity is basically an entire chemistry lab packed into a one mobile unit, equipped with the tools necessary to test the chemical composition of soil. Test results from these instruments will pave the way for future Mars missions, and may provide insight in the search for life on other planets.

Curiosity Descent to Mars
This movie from NASA's Curiosity rover shows most of the frames acquired by the Mars Descent Imager between the jettison of the heat shield and touchdown.

The Challenge of Getting to Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
Team members share the challenges of Curiosity's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

How Hard is it to Land Curiosity on Mars?
Landing the Curiosity rover on Mars is the most difficult and nail-biting part of the whole mission. See just how hard it is to land on Mars.

Mars Science Laboratory Mission Animation

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