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.
EDL Ops: Thrusters have been re-enabled. We will control our attitude on chute. We are decelerating.
EDL Dynamics: Wrist mode under parachute is approximately twenty to thirty degrees per second, nominal.
EDL Ops: We are at ten kilometers and descending. We are at 150 meters per second. [voices, chatter]
EDL Phase: Dynamics, Phase come back again with wrist mode dynamics.
EDL Dynamics: Wrist mode is nominal.
Propulsion: EDL Ops, Prop, MLEs active.
EDL Ops: We are at 9 kilometers and descending.
EDL Dynamics: Downrange. Nav filter converged with a velocity correction of 0.7 meters a second.
EDL Ops: We have acquired the ground with the radar.
EDL Dynamics: Altitude of 8 kilometers.
EDL Ops: Heat shield has separated, we have found the ground.
Telecom: We have lost X-band tones due to Earth occultation, as expected.
EDL Ops: We're standing by to prime the MLE engines in preparation for powered flight.
We're down to 90 meters per second at an altitude of 6.5 kilometers and descending.
EDL Systems: Flight, EDL, we've got some TWTA warnings. But it's in battleshort mode so it should power through.
EDL Ops: We expect to lose direct to Earth communications at this time. We may have lost it already. [voices, chatter]
EDL Ops: We're down to 86 meters per second at an altitude of 4 kilometers and descending.
We've lost tones from Earth at this time. This is expected. We are continuing on Odyssey telemetry. [voices, chatter]
EDL Dynamics: Ground solution equals minus 10.8 meters. Vertical velocity of minus 81.8 meters per second.
EDL Ops: We priming the powered descent engines, standing by for backshield separation. [voices, chatter]
Telecom: Signal to Odyssey is still strong.
EDL Ops: We are in powered flight.
EDL Ops: We are at an altitude of 1 kilometer and descending about 70 meters per second. Telecom: Signal to Odyssey remains strong.
EDL Dynamics: Control errors are nominal.
EDL Ops: Down to 50 meters per second. 500 meters in altitude.
Standing by for Sky Crane.
EDL Dynamics: Constant velocity accordion nominal. Altitude error 5.9 meters.
EDL Ops: We found a nice flat place. We're coming in ready for Sky Crane.
Down to 10 meters per second. 40 meters altitude.
Sky Crane has started.
Descending at about 0.75 meters per second, as expected.
Expecting bridle cut shortly.
Telecom: Signal to Odyssey remains strong.
EDL Dynamics: Tango Delta nominal.
Telcom: EDL comm configured for UHF telemetry.
EDL Dynamics: RIMU stable.
Telecom: UHF is good.
EDL Ops: Touchdown confirmed! We are safe on Mars.
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