The NASA Perseverance rover filmed a video that the agency calls “How to Land on Mars.” during its harrowing descent to the surface of Mars. The video, along with other newly released videos, gives earthlings a clearer understanding of the red planet’s sights and sounds back home.
Cameras on “Percy,” as the rover is affectionately referred to at mission control, display the view of a spacecraft landing on Mars for the first time.
The video starts 230 seconds after the rover reaches the Martian atmosphere, 14kms above the Martian surface, with the inflation of the rover’s parachute, and ends with the rover touching down on the surface.
“Your front-row seat to my Mars landing is here. Watch how we did it.”Your front-row seat is here for my landing on Mars. See how we did it.
A microphone on the rover, which recorded a few seconds of the Martian breeze and sounds of the rover working once it hit the surface, also momentarily picked up the first Mars audio.
The microphone, however, did not record any “usable data” from the descent itself—but the process survived.
“Now that you’ve seen Mars, hear it. Grab some headphones and listen to the first sounds captured by one of my microphones.”Now that you’ve seen Mars, hear it. Grab some headphones and listen to one of my microphones’ first sounds.
“This video of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate associate administrator, said in a statement.
“It should become mandatory viewing for young women and men who not only want to explore other worlds and build the spacecraft that will take them there, but also want to be part of the diverse teams achieving all the audacious goals in our future.”
Perseverance’s first panorama of its landing site was also shared by the team.
Although “movies,” were sent back by previous spacecraft, which are really only photographs stitched together in GIF form, Perseverance has video capable cameras. The rover has 23 cameras overall, which also have zooming and color capabilities.
Last Thursday, the rover and its attached helicopter, named Ingenuity, landed on Mars.
After landing, using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the planet since 2006, the rover relayed back data and images.
Almost immediately, the first black-and-white photographs of the rover’s landing site became visible. The first colour photos were posted last Friday. A never-before-seen view was also sent back by the rover: What it feels like to land on Mars. This picture is still one from the video that was posted on Monday. “For those who wonder how you land on Mars – or why it is so difficult — or how cool it would be to do so – you need look no further,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk in a statement.
“Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet.”