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    Dropping in on Mars in High-Res

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    This movie from NASA's Curiosity rover shows most of the high-resolution frames acquired by the Mars Descent Imager between the jettison of the heat shield and touchdown. The video, obtained on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), covers the last two-and-a-half minutes before touchdown in Gale Crater.

    Audio recorded from mission control can be heard, counting down the critical events.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS