Curiosity and MAVEN Explore Mars


November 08, 2013

This animation first shows Curiosity working to understand Mars as a past habitat, with a cut to MAVEN arriving at Mars to study the upper Martian atmosphere. Curiosity will not be able to 'see' MAVEN on its arrival. Later in the mission, Curiosity may be able to view MAVEN when its orbit passes over Gale Crater at dusk, similar to viewing a low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellite around Earth. MAVEN is larger and flies lower, and Curiosity's cameras are better, so this animation imagines a similar sighting. The animation ends with a celebration of MAVEN, which will help in understanding Mars' climate history and uncovering when and how long Mars may have had an environment more favorable to microbial life than found today.

320 x 180
video/quicktime

Download

480 x 270
video/quicktime

Download

640 x 360
video/quicktime

Download

1280 x 720
video/quicktime

Download

320 x 180
video/mp4

Download

640 x 360
video/mp4

Download

1280 x 720
video/x-m4v

Download

Embed this resource by pasting the following code into your website:

<iframe src="https://mars.nasa.gov/layout/embed/video/?v=151" width="640" height="370" scrolling="no" frameborder="0"></iframe>

By using the above code and embedding this image, you consent to Image Policy.

More Videos ›