This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust). Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (the European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these cached samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis. The Mars 2020 mission is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance and Curiosity rovers. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The US space agency NASA on Monday released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars.
The video clip, lasting three minutes and 25
seconds, showed the deployment of the parachute and the rover‘s touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet.
“These are really amazing videos,” said Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This is the first time we’ve ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars.”
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