This Monday (22), NASA released a color video, in high quality, of the rover Perseverance landing on Mars soil. With three minutes of duration, the material was captured by the vehicle's cameras and shows the excitement of the team behind the project.
The landing of Perseverance happened last Thursday (18) and, until then, the American space agency had only released a few color photos captured by him. The video released today, on the other hand, can be watched in 4K resolution (2160p) on platforms like YouTube.
You can check out the final stages of Perseverance by entering, descending and landing (EDL, or “entry, descent and landing” in English) on Mars. This stage consists of opening the parachute, activating safety devices and landing the vehicle. The material also allows you to “hear Mars”, as the rover's microphone also offers audio capture.
Check out the video of the arrival of Perseverance on Mars below:
The landing at the Jezero crater of the Red Planet is recorded when the vehicle is 11 km from the ground. The audio, on the other hand, was captured last Saturday (20) and is a few seconds long, NASA reported. The agency also mentions that the landing was intense, considering that the period is called “seven minutes of terror”By scientists.
Mission is just beginning
"[The mission for] Perseverance is just beginning and has already provided some of the most iconic visuals in the history of space exploration," said Steve Jurczyk, NASA's interim administrator. "It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet."
To capture the images now released, a total of five cameras were used: two on the rear hull, which took pictures of the parachute inflating; one, in the descent stage, showed the bottom view of the rover; and two others, located on the chassis, show “up and down” perspectives.
The Perseverance mission landed on Mars after seven months of takeoff on July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its main objective is to study astrobiology, which includes "the search for signs of ancestral microbial life". It is also expected to collect and store Martian rocks and will help study the geology and climate of Mars.
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