Thanks to some image editing, Daniel Luke Fitch's version of the rover's Mars approach is extra crisp and breathtaking. The visual effects specialist describes how he did it:

This is a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars, taken by the MARDI descent imager. As of August 20, all but a dozen 1600x1200 frames have been uploaded from the rover, and those missing were interpolated using thumbnail data. The result was applied a heavy noise reduction, color balance, and sharpening for best visibility.

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