Just Watch It: The DEFINITIVE Mars Rover Landing Video

September 13, 2012


Note: Seriously, just watch it. Sound effects are fake though.

Listen: I know I posted a Curiosity landing video earlier, but that thing looked like watching TV through a slow-moving ceiling fan compared to this one. THIS is a proper 30fps high definition version lovingly created by redditor Bard Canning over the last four weeks. Me? I haven't done anything in the past four weeks but gain nine pounds.

"My version uses true motion-flow interpolation at 30fps," explained Canning in an email to io9. "To my knowledge, I am the first person in the world to use utilize this method for this footage." But he didn't stop there.

Using pan and scan techniques, Canning says he actually upgraded the footage to enterprise-quality 50,000kbps 1080p resolution, enhanced colors and detail throughout the landing sequence, and even included practical sound effects -- which, while not originally recorded by the spacecraft during its descent, adds to the viewing experience considerably.

You just have to see it to appreciate it. But it does get a little slow in the middle so if you have to take a bathroom break I'd do it between 1:00 and 1:30. My job makes us clock-out to take bathroom breaks though so I just pee in the trashcan. One time I accidentally kicked it over and the smell made the secretary vomit.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to jose, who has been to Mars IN HIS DREAMS. Not as impressive as IRL, but I guess we take what we can get.

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