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Photos Snapped By NASA Curiosity Made Into Mesmerizing Time-Lapse

by Brandon Russell | May 22, 2013May 22, 2013 11:30 pm PDT

Curiosity - Mount Sharp

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We’ve monitored the progress of NASA’s Curiosity pretty closely, and over that time the little rover that could has drilled in two separate locations in search for evidence of water on Mars. As it continues on to its eventual destination at Mount Sharp, Curiosity has been regularly snapping photos of its progress, which someone has very kindly put into one lovely time-lapse video.

The video itself slots in at just over one minute, and shows hundreds of photos captured by Curiosity. The shots are black and white, adding a tinge of romanticism, but they also emphasize just how isolated Curiosity is out there. If you didn’t know any better you could mistake the landscape for any desert here on Earth; it’s cool to see how the shadows slowly creep across the ground as the sun rises and sets.

The collection was put together by Karl Sanford using RAW photos taken by Curiosity’s left hazcam beginning on August 8. Many of the photos we’ve shown you are taken using Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager and Mastcam, so that’s why there’s a big difference in quality.

What’s included in the video isn’t even all the data Curiosity has onboard. Due to, you know, the relative distance between Mars and Earth, Curiosity is only able to send data back when an orbiter is overheard. Anything Curiosity can’t send gets stored, and gets sent at the next opportunity. So far, no alien sighting have been reported.

Thanks to the community, we’ve already seen some incredible footage come out of Curiosity’s travels. As the rover continues to dig, analyze and rove, it’ll keep beaming photos and data back, giving us more information about the Martian planet.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...