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Footage of Curiosity’s Descent onto Mars Interpolated to 25 Frames per Second
PETAPIXEL ^ | August 27, 2012 | Michael Zhang

Posted on 08/27/2012 5:30:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

NASA’s Curiosity Rover snapped photographs at 5 frames per second as it descended onto the face of Mars a few weeks ago. The footage that results when the images are combined into a 15 frame per second HD video is pretty amazing, but apparently not amazing enough for a YouTube user named hahahaspam. He spent four straight days taking the 5 fps footage and interpolating it to 25 frames per second. This means that instead of a video showing the choppy landing at 3 times the actual speed, his video shows the landing smoothly and in real time!

(Excerpt) Read more at petapixel.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: curiosity; mars

1 posted on 08/27/2012 5:30:55 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: lawnguy; pandoraou812; Daffynition; barker; ferri; gjeiii; genefromjersey; texas booster; ...

pinglist


2 posted on 08/27/2012 5:32:56 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ll be jumping back to read and watch at the source article, but I wanted to THANK YOU first, for providing a thread on something other than political conventions.


3 posted on 08/27/2012 5:39:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; sionnsar; abigailsmybaby; A CA Guy; airborne; Allegra; Aloysius88; Americanwolf; ...

An Undead Thread Tech&Science ping to something neat.


4 posted on 08/27/2012 5:44:33 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

VERY cool. Thanks.


5 posted on 08/27/2012 5:44:33 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: UCANSEE2

Hey, I do it all the time!


6 posted on 08/27/2012 5:44:48 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

bttt


7 posted on 08/27/2012 5:50:22 PM PDT by PogySailor (Obama is a SCOAMF)
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To: Darksheare

that’s cool. thanks for the ping, darks!


8 posted on 08/27/2012 5:53:43 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Utterly AMAZING that anyone with the knowledge and time, can sit down on their home computer and do this. SMH...


9 posted on 08/27/2012 5:56:01 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: nicmarlo; NicknamedBob

Welcome!

NNB and I have a couple story bits that take place one Mars.
Neat to see how a descent looks “from the perspective of teh descendee.”


10 posted on 08/27/2012 5:56:28 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare
thx... very cool
11 posted on 08/27/2012 6:03:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Darksheare

Yeah, that was cool to watch. :)


12 posted on 08/27/2012 6:12:19 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Very cool!

Thanks for the ping.


13 posted on 08/27/2012 6:18:33 PM PDT by berdie
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yes you do and BTW, THANKS!


14 posted on 08/27/2012 6:27:13 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Darksheare

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 08/27/2012 6:29:04 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I went to the original image sequence and started oding manual motion tracking, watching a crater here or there. I made sure I always had at least two data points at any given time so that I could reposition and rotate for fluid motion.
Then I copied that motion tracking data to some null objects, and told after effects to interpolate the data in between using bezier curves.

Oh, I hate people like that.

16 posted on 08/27/2012 6:34:19 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Direct link to video...@Complete MSL Curiosity Descent Interpolated HD
17 posted on 08/27/2012 6:35:00 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: GVnana
Oh, I hate people like that.

I know what you mean, although I did use a Bezier curve to draw Bubba's winning shot at the 10th at Augusta onto a Google Earth screenshot, so you know, really I'm right there.


18 posted on 08/27/2012 6:52:10 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Marvelous!!!!


19 posted on 08/27/2012 7:02:48 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: philman_36

What’s neat is that you can track the heat shield almost until it hits the surface. You can track it until :46 into the film. The Curiosity jerks around and yaws right and you lose sight of it. Still, that was great work for four days of effort. The next lander should carry a video camera that records the landing in real time for later uplinking to Earth. Better yet, carry two cameras so there would be two angles of the landing. Might be a nice engineering tool to boot.


20 posted on 08/27/2012 7:41:29 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Now, this is what you see when you look up “cool” in the dictionary.

Thanks


21 posted on 08/27/2012 7:48:13 PM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: Darksheare

Absolutely the coolest thing I’ve seen all day. Domo!


22 posted on 08/27/2012 8:19:46 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If not you, who? If not now, when?)
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To: NCC-1701
To be honest, I'm not really that interested in it all. I just provided a direct link.
If they find something of interest...well that depends on what they find.
Rocks? Seen 'em. Got 'em here on Earth.
Dirt? Seen it. Got it here on Earth.
Water or ice...hey...now you've got my interest.

Little green men? Okay, okay...I know when I've gone too far.

23 posted on 08/27/2012 9:21:58 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I had been trying to follow the original thumbnail video down to the landing site, but found it impossible. With the hi-res version I could do it, and of course it is that much easier with this "massaged" version. Below is a frame of the video marked with the landing site and an excerpt of a HiRise image display at about the same scale, also marked. This image is oriented north-south. You can see the ridge line on the left of this image in earlier frames of the video, and from there you can track the landing site back to the beginning.

One comment: It looks like the entire landing site was scoured by the rockets, since numerous rocks seem to be uncovered. I guess the four scour marks are much deeper.


24 posted on 08/27/2012 9:42:35 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: philman_36
Water or ice...hey...now you've got my interest.

There is a lot of water ice on Mars, comprising large geological features near the poles.

25 posted on 08/27/2012 9:50:03 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew
There is a lot of water ice on Mars, comprising large geological features near the poles.
Really?! On the surface? I've kept up to some degree.

Found it! Ice on Mars

May 28, 2002: Using instruments on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, surprised scientists have found enormous quantities of buried treasure lying just under the surface of Mars -- enough water ice to fill Lake Michigan twice over. And that may be only the tip of the iceberg.

Meteorite Impacts Expose Ice on Mars
September 24, 2009: Meteorites recently striking Mars have exposed deposits of frozen water not far below the Martian surface.

If there are "large geological features" on the surface then that's news to me.
Got link? I'm interested now.

26 posted on 08/27/2012 10:35:15 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
Cf. the Wikipedia articles Planum Australe and Planum Boreum. I've always thought the Mars guys are "water happy", so maybe this is all CO2, but I think I should defer to them on this matter.

You know though, when they dug that little trench and found "ice", I didn't believe that. Seemed like "dry ice" to me. I even sent in a skeptical remark, and amazingly I got a reply ... blah blah blah, but a reply.

27 posted on 08/27/2012 10:59:52 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I’ll just continue watching “from afar”, if you will, as I have been. If anything “exciting” gets found I’ll hear about it one way or another.


28 posted on 08/27/2012 11:20:06 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

May the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose.


29 posted on 08/27/2012 11:55:30 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

At about 1:17 you can see the transition between the parachute and the skycrane as the view abruptly stops swinging, looking for all the worlds like an Apollo landing.


30 posted on 08/28/2012 1:16:58 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yeah, but where’s the flag? (Just kidding.) Thanks for posting.


31 posted on 08/28/2012 3:33:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Darksheare

Thanks, Darks.


32 posted on 08/28/2012 7:56:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: dr_lew
@http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILAqjcP6uRI
33 posted on 08/28/2012 11:12:06 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow! Thanks!


34 posted on 08/28/2012 11:20:07 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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35 posted on 08/28/2012 3:59:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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36 posted on 08/28/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by brivette
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To: SunkenCiv

Very welcome.


37 posted on 08/28/2012 4:28:11 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanx for the ping SunkenCiv!

That was awesome !!!

38 posted on 08/28/2012 4:29:54 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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39 posted on 08/28/2012 4:50:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very cool. Wish I’d seen John Carter there!


40 posted on 08/29/2012 7:54:49 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I can ALWAYS count on you for an interesting thread! thanks so much!
texokie


41 posted on 08/29/2012 9:47:06 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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