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Incredible video shows rover landing on Mars

Posted on Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 | Comment icon 12 comments

This still image from the video shows the heat shield separating. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
NASA has revealed breathtaking video footage showing Perseverance's descent onto the Martian surface.
For the first time ever, actual video footage has been captured by a Mars rover during the process of landing - providing a unique and fascinating look at its harrowing descent onto the surface.

Viewable below, the video begins with a view of the spacecraft's parachute deploying, before switching to a downwards facing camera which shows the heatshield being jettisoned and falling away.

The footage continues with a breathtaking vista of the Martian surface stretching for miles in all directions as the rover descends towards its destination.

Additional camera angles then capture the deployment of the skycrane mechanism, with the rover being lowered the last few meters down onto the surface.
The skycrane then flies away as NASA's team can be heard erupting into applause at their success.

"We have taken everyone along with us on our journeys across the Solar System, through the rings of Saturn, looking back at the 'Pale Blue Dot' and incredible panoramas on the surface of Mars," said Mike Watkins of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"This is the first time we've been able to actually capture an event like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars. We will learn something by looking at the performance of the vehicle in these videos."

"But a lot of it is also to bring you along on our journey."

Source: BBC News | Comments (12)

Tags: Mars, Perseverance

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 23 February, 2021, 19:26
Something that looks as if it should be from a movie, epic. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Peter B on 23 February, 2021, 22:36
And now I've read that the parachute contained a secret code...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 February, 2021, 1:18  
Comment icon #6 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 24 February, 2021, 3:06
Another rover landing on Mars.  What else is new? Seriously.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ChrLzs on 24 February, 2021, 5:27
Levels of cynicism reaching new highs, perhaps?   As for me, I was expecting mostly CGI, but that stuff was *real*!!  Hands up if you got a surprise at quickly the ground came up...  Awesome, and you can understand the sense of relief and achievement that those folks felt.  Another NASA high - they may not hit the mark with some stuff,. but overall, their track record is astonishing.
Comment icon #8 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod on 24 February, 2021, 12:00
Amazing! My Uncle was an Aerospace Engineer, so I grew up going with him to the Stennis NASA Space Center in Mississippi. He even gave me one of the heat tiles for the shuttle and the tool to push it into place. I've been a space nut since the Apollo missions. So, this is the kind of stuff I drool over.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 February, 2021, 15:53
I get that some people are unimpressed by things they should be, it's that they go out of their way to advertise the fact I don't understand.
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish on 24 February, 2021, 16:24
Why should they be impressed? 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Timothy on 25 February, 2021, 1:10
No one has to be impressed, but they should appreciate the sheer level of technical achievement enough to not make asinine comments. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheSpaceResident on 5 March, 2021, 17:03
I'm glad that I live in a great time. Modern technologies let us see what's happening on another planet. It's one of the reasons why I am so interested in future space exploration. Earlier all I could do is read news articles, but now I enjoy watching HD photos and videos and feel as if I'm there.

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