Incredible new images shared by Perseverance rover after Mars landing
February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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After safely landing on the surface of Mars Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover has sent back a never-before-seen view: what it looks like to land on Mars. The rover also returned some new color images of its landing site.
(CNN)After safely landing on the surface of Mars Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover has sent back a never-before-seen view: what it looks like to land on Mars.
The rover also returned some beautiful postcards of its landing site.
It shows the rover nearing the Martian surface during entry, descent and landing.
"This shot from a camera on my 'jetpack' captures me in midair, just before my wheels touched down," according to a tweet from the Perseverance Twitter account.
Little dust plumes can be seen kicking up from the Martian surface, stirred by the engines landing the rover when it was just 6. 5 feet above the surface.
"The team is overwhelmed with excitement and joy to have successfully landed another rover on the surface of Mars," said Adam Steltzner, the rover's chief engineer.
While the first images returned by the rover Thursday evening were black and white glimpses showing it safely landed on Mars, color images made available Friday show the characteristic red color of the Martian surface.
Rocks are also seen scattered across the flat surface of the landing site in Jezero Crater, but they're small when compared to the large rover wheels.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera, which flew over the landing site as Perseverance was coming in for a landing, captured an incredible view as the spacecraft's parachutes opened.
HiRISE captured this image of @NASAPersevere on its way to the landing site from over 700 km (435 mi) away!" the HiRISE account tweeted.
Perseverance landed about 1. 2 miles away from the river delta feature within Jezero Crater, which hosted a lake 3. 9 billion years ago.