WASHINGTON — The Perseverance rover is in good condition on the surface of Mars, NASA officials said Feb. 22, showing off stunning video from its landing on the red planet last week.
At a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, project leaders said the rover was continuing to perform checkouts of various systems, including deployments of its high-gain antenna and instrument mast, since landing in Jezero Crater Feb. 18.
“Perseverance is healthy and continuing with activities as we have planning them over the first few sols on the surface,” said Jessica Samuels, Perseverance surface mission manager at JPL. A “sol” is a Martian day, nearly 40 minutes longer than a terrestrial day.
Those activities have included the deployments of the antenna and mast as well as initial tests of many of its instruments. “We’re happy to report they’re all performing nominally and as expected,” she said of those instruments. “We are very excited to be happily on the surface and exercising our systems.”
The highlight of the briefing was not a status report on Perseverance but instead the release of a video created from footage shot from several high-definition cameras mounted on the spacecraft during its entry, descent and landing ...