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Mars, All The Way Down

For those of us who can't ever, EVER, get enough of this remarkable achievement, here is a video of Curiosity Mars Rover's descent footage from heat shield release to landing.

Seen it all before you say? Wrong! This clip interpolates the original images from about 4 frames per second to 25 frames per second. That makes a big difference.

And its got perdy music too.

Why didn't anyone make this the centerpiece of their convention speech?

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Adam Frank was a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. A professor at the University of Rochester, Frank is a theoretical/computational astrophysicist and currently heads a research group developing supercomputer code to study the formation and death of stars. Frank's research has also explored the evolution of newly born planets and the structure of clouds in the interstellar medium. Recently, he has begun work in the fields of astrobiology and network theory/data science. Frank also holds a joint appointment at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a Department of Energy fusion lab.

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