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VIDEO.  NASA releases first video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

VIDEO. NASA releases first video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

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NASA published this Monday, February 22, the color video of the arrival of the Peserverance rover to the red planet, sent four days after its successful landing on Thursday, February 18.

NASA released a spectacular video of the landing of its Perseverance rover, the first of its kind, on Monday, February 22, after the mission reached Mars on Thursday in search of ancient life.

Little more than three minutes long, the published video reveals the images of several cameras located in different places of the module, after its entry into the Martian atmosphere: one shows the deployment of the supersonic parachute, another, located below the rover, the Martian soil. zooming in, and two other views show the rover gradually deposited on the ground, suspended by three cables. However, no sound could be recorded during the dizzying descent.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to capture an event like a landing on Mars,” Michael Watkins, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the rover was built, said at a news conference. “It’s really fantastic.”

“These images and videos are what we have dreamed of for years,” added Allen Chen, who was in charge of the landing for NASA. NASA teams will use them to better understand what happens during such a landing.

A speed of 20,000 km / h

The rover was protected by a heat shield when it entered the atmosphere at a speed of 20,000 km / h. We can also see this shield fallen on the surface of Mars in the video. Then, eight retro rockets finished decelerating the vehicle, and you can see the Martian dust propelled under its effect.

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The cameras are standard commercial cameras, which have been added without being connected to the rover’s system so as not to disturb it. The landing maneuver was dangerous and the chosen place, the Jezero crater, the most risky ever attempted, due to its relief.