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Cool video! Perseverance rover’s descent and touchdown on Mars

22 Feb 2021, 22:27 UTC
Cool video! Perseverance rover’s descent and touchdown on Mars
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This new video from NASA/JPL-Caltech – released February 22, 2021 – shows the view from the Perseverance rover, as it landed in the Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18. The rover’s flashy new cameras were expected to deliver this rover’s-eye of the landing process … and now it has. It was worth the wait, especially when you get to around 2:42 in the video, when Martian dust starts to flow as the rover sets down. Wow! This suite of technology has now provided us with the most detailed video and photo records of landing on a neighboring world yet. As Lori Glaze, who heads the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told reporters prior to the landing:
We’re going to be able to watch ourselves land for the first time on another planet.
How was the video obtained? The rover was equipped with an upward-pointing camera mounted on the back shell of the spacecraft (this capsule protecting the rover is called the aeroshell). The upward camera caught a look at the parachute opening that helped the rover land softly, despite Mars’ thin air. Beneath the rover is a downward-pointing camera on the descent stage (a kind of ...

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