The real video shows us seeing dusty Mars and hearing the wind on Mars.
Four days ago, the news of the Perseverance landing on Mars attracted global attention, and the blue planet’s exploration of the sea of stars is so fascinating.
However, unfortunately, we have only been able to understand the landing process of the Mars rover through simulated animations, and we have not been able to see the real video.
Today, NASA has satisfied us with a high-resolution full-color live video of the Perseverance landing!
The 3-minute video shows the final descent of the Perseverance rover: from the 21.5-meter-wide parachute perspective, to the orange landscape as Perseverance descends to Mars, until the rover’s six wheels land on a rocky, flat surface, dusty and dusty. fly.
Look! Mars, listen!wind
“This is the first time we’ve been able to see ‘self’ land on the surface of another planet with the help of a spacecraft. “It’s about seeing how Perseverance successfully landed in the Jezero region of Mars,” said Matt Wallace, NASA JPL’s associate program manager for the mission.
So what can we see through the real landing video?
First, from above, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the debris from its descent: abandoned parachutes, heat shields, and other parts scattered across the Jezero area.
This photo, taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the landing site of Perseverance.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona University.
“All systems aboard Perseverance have been safety checked,” said Jessica Samuels of JPL, Perseverance’s ground mission manager. “Over the weekend, it turned on its high-gain antennas for more efficient communication with Earth and raised the camera-equipped High masts to view the surroundings.”
Initial images from Perseverance’s navigation camera were stitched into a 360-degree panorama showing the ancient delta in the distance. The delta is why NASA sent Perseverance to Mars’ Jezero region because the rocks in it may contain fossil evidence of microbial life more than 3.5 billion years ago. Perseverance is currently about 2 kilometers from the delta.
Since landing, Perseverance has captured many images of the environment around Mars and beamed them back to Earth. The panorama is stitched together from six of these individual images.
It can be seen that there are several different types of rocks on the ground near the landing site. “You can notice that they have different colors, textures and shades,” said Ken Williford, associate scientist on the project. The team of geologists will further study the rocks to understand how they formed, including when gas exploded from molten lava in nearby rocks Whether holes are formed. This will allow scientists to sort out the geological history of the area.
In addition to seeing rocks, we also heard the wind from Mars!
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