NASA showcases dramatic video of Mars landing, releases images

NASA unveiled the first video and coloured images of the Perseverance landing on Mars on Monday, accompanied by the first sound recording of the Martian surface.

The video, played at a news conference, showed the spacecraft blasting away red dirt as it landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, following a landing sequence that NASA staff described as going as planned – including some small amount of rocking back and forth and engine throttling.

NASA unveiled the first video and coloured images of the Perseverance landing on Mars on Monday, accompanied by the first sound recording of the Martian surface.

The video, played at a news conference, showed the spacecraft blasting away red dirt as it landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, following a landing sequence that NASA staff described as going as planned – including some small amount of rocking back and forth and engine throttling.

NASA unveiled the first video and coloured images of the Perseverance landing on Mars on Monday, accompanied by the first sound recording of the Martian surface.

The video, played at a news conference, showed the spacecraft blasting away red dirt as it landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, following a landing sequence that NASA staff described as going as planned – including some small amount of rocking back and forth and engine throttling.

The Perseverance is NASA’s fifth Mars science rover, and is most the advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to an alien planet. There have been 49 missions to Mars since 1960 by nine nations.

The rover and the accompanying programme cost $2.7bn and took two years to develop.

NASA hopes to find possible evidence of rudimentary life, including signs of microbes, in ancient sediments taken from Martian rock by Perseverance.

 

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