Cameras on “Percy”, the rover is affectionately called into mission control, the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on Mars. The video begins 230 minutes after the rover enters the Marshall surface, the inflation of the rover’s parachute is 7 miles above the Martian surface, and ends with the rover touching down on the surface.
The first audio from Mars was also picked up briefly on the rover by a microphone that captured a few seconds of a Mars wind and heard the rover’s movement as it reached the surface.
However, the microphone itself did not capture any “usable data” of the lineage – but it did survive the process.
“This video of the descent of perseverance is the closest you can get to Mars without a pressure suit,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in a statement.
“It should become mandatory to watch for young women and men who want to explore not only the other world and build the spacecraft that will take them there, but also the variety that will achieve all the daring goals in our future. Want to be part of teams. “
The team also shared the first panorama of their landing site.
Although previous spacecraft have sent back “movies”, which are actually images stitched together as GIFs, the firmer has cameras with video capability. In total, the Rover has 23 cameras, including zooming and color capabilities as well.
The rover and its attached helicopters, called Ingenuity, landed on Mars on Thursday 18 February.
After landing, the rover relayed back data and images using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the planet since 2006.
The first black-and-white images of the rover’s landing site were available almost immediately. Last Friday, the first color pictures were shared. The rover also sent a never-before-seen scene: what it looks like to land on Mars. The picture is still one from the video that was shared on Monday.
“People who wonder how you land on Mars – or why it’s so difficult – or how cool it would be to do so – you don’t need to look any further,” NASA Administrator Steve Jurski said in a statement.
“Perseverance is just beginning, and has already provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision required to build and fly a vehicle for the Red Planet is.”
Engineers refer to the landing on Mars as a “seven-minute panic”. The rover descends through the thin Mars atmosphere and receives assistance from NASA itself, due to a one-way 11-minute delay in the meantime.
In a statement, Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said, “Now finally we have a scene in front of us, which we call ‘seven minutes of terror’ while landing on Mars.” “From the explosive opening of the parachute to the landing rockets sending the dust and debris on touchdown, it’s absolutely awe-inspiring.”
In the video, a wife of breathtaking moments can be seen landing, something previously seen only from animations.
The video depicts a heat shield falling, the gentle sway of the rover from the original stage, the Martian surface as it comes in sharp expanse, the dust spur on the red planet as the rover and the “sky crane” maneuver Helps land rovers on the surface of Mars.
During the famous sky crane maneuver, nylon cords lowered the rover 25 feet. After the rover touched down on the martian surface, the cords broke apart and the descent phase flew off and landed at a safe distance.
“We put the EDL camera system on the spacecraft not only for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the performance of our spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing, but also because we take the public along for the ride of a lifetime Wanted to go – landing on the surface of Mars, ”Dave Gruel, the head engineer of the Mars 2020 Fixture EDL camera and microphone subsystem at JPL, said in a statement.
“We know the public is thrilled with Mars exploration, so we added the EDL cam microphone to the vehicle because we hoped it could enhance the experience, especially for blind space fans, and engage people around the world and Can inspire. “
The video ends with wheels of solidity and literally landing on Mars and the descent phase flying over a safe distance.
“If it was an old Western film, I would say that Vansha Manch was our hero who was setting the sun slowly, but the heroes are really back on Earth,” Matt Wallace, Mars 2020 persistence deputy project manager In testimony, said in JPL. “I’ve been waiting 25 years for the opportunity to see a spacecraft on Mars. It was worth the wait. Being able to share it with the world is a great moment for our team.”
Cameras on the back shell, several on the descent stage and the rover captured these different approaches during landing.
The orbit of Mars, orbiting Mars, which has been orbiting Mars since 2006, shows where the rover and its components reached the red planet.
The mission team undergoes checkout with the rover and its helicopter to ensure that all components, including its science equipment, are functioning. The rover will also capture its first weather report using its Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer tool.
Mission scientists are analyzing images sent back by the rover to determine the path of persistence once it is discovered.
“We’ve just started doing amazing things on the surface of Mars,” Gruel said.