NASA has released raw footage of the Mars landing of the Curiosity rover.
Listening to the audio is nearly as fun as watching the video , which depicts the last couple of minutes before Curiosity reaches its landing site in Gale Crater.
Whoops and applause punctuate the scientific play-by-play.
"We've found a nice flat place, we're coming in ready for sky crane. ... Sky crane is starting."
Visual effects artist Daniel Luke Fitch, based in Santa Fe, N.M., is a science fan who has been keeping tabs on the mission. He created his own version of the landing footage (below), by collecting NASA's high-resolution images as they were uploaded from the rover.
His video -- "cleaned up for the best possibly clarity for posting to the Web" -- has been getting some attention on YouTube.