The video about, entitled “Twelve Months in Two Minutes,” speed-chronicles Curiosity’s time on Mars over the past year. It’s like having a nanny cam for a Mars Rover.
Curiosity set down on Bradbury’s Landing (an auspicious beginning to any space mission) on Mars on August 6, 2012, traveling over 3,000 miles at over 11,500 miles per hour from an altitude of nearly 1,800 miles. The video below contains the full 20 minutes of Curiosity’s dramatic descent and landing from inside the control room. It gets pretty tense at points, as evidenced by the nail-biting, groaning, and sometimes pacing engineers. The cheering at the end is well-deserved and particularly cathartic.