New footage from Mars rendered in stunning 4K resolution and how the 4K version was made.

A question often asked is: ‘Why don’t we actually have live video from Mars?’

Although the cameras are high quality, the rate at which the rovers can send data back to earth is the biggest challenge. Curiosity can only send data directly back to earth at 32 kilo-bits per second.

Instead, when the rover can connect to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we get more favourable speeds of 2 Megabytes per second.

ElderFox Documentaries follows the Curiosity Rover on Mars as it climbs up a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp.

A quick summary of the Journey:

Landing in the Gale Crater, Curiosity heads towards Yellowknife Bay, taking its first drive over ‘Glenelg’. In Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity finds the first evidence that the Gale Crater was once filled with salty water.

Curiosity goes on to explore the Bagnold Dunes and crosses through the Naukluft Plateau into Murray Buttes where it begins to ascend Mount Sharp. Climbing on top of ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’ provides Curiosity with a magnificent view, from where we started in the Gale Crater.