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February 22, 2021

Perseverance Rover's Descent and Touchdown on Mars

NASA just released this fantastic footage of last Tuesday's incredible achievement.

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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured thrilling footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

The real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover's entry, descent, and landing suite.

The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft's descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at its parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface. The audio embedded in the video comes from the mission control call-outs during entry, descent, and landing.

For more information about Perseverance, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/perseverance

February 22, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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