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Video shows Perseverance rover’s dramatic Mars landing

Video shows Perseverance rover’s dramatic Mars landing

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Nasa has released stunning videos of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars.The movies cover the final minutes of last week's hair-raising descent, up to the point where the robot's wheels make contact with the ground.The sequences show a whirl of dust and grit being kicked up as the vehicle is lowered by its rocket backpack to the floor of Jezero Crater.Perseverance was sent to Mars festooned with cameras, seven of which were dedicated to recording the landing.Their imagery represents vital feedback for engineers as they look to improve still further the technologies used to put probes on the surface of the Red planet.Mike Watkins, the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, which is home to Nasa's Mars mission control, said the spectacular videos were an example of...
Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down

Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down

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The American space agency has released an astonishing image sent back from Mars by its Perseverance rover.It shows the robot heading down to the ground on Thursday to make its landing. It was acquired by the rocket cradle that placed the vehicle on the surface.Perseverance has a large amount of data in its memory banks which it is gradually offloading to Earth.Among other pictures is a view from a satellite that captures the rover in the parachute phase of its descent.This also represents an immense technical achievement because the satellite - the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - was approximately 700km from Perseverance at the time and traveling at about 3km/s.Nasa is promising more in the next few days.This offering will include short movies shot during the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL)...
Historic new images from Mars show Perseverance rover landing

Historic new images from Mars show Perseverance rover landing

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- NASA's newest Mars mission sent back the first-ever photos of a rover -- Perseverance -- landing on another planet. NASA released the photos during a news briefing Friday afternoon following the rover's successful arrival at Jezero Crater the day before. One image shows the rover hanging underneath the jetpack device that provides the final descent. Advertisement NASA's team on the project said the images exceeded their expectations. "I mean this is something that we've never seen before. It was stunning and the team was awestruck," said Aaron Stehura, a NASA flight system engineer. "You can see the dust kicked up by the rover's engines, probably about two meters or so above the surface of Mars," said Adam Steltzner, chief engineer for the mission. Other i...
Perseverance rover moments before touchdown among new images of Mars released by NASA

Perseverance rover moments before touchdown among new images of Mars released by NASA

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NASA has released new images of the Perseverance rover two metres above the surface of Mars as it gave more details of the mission.The US space agency's robot successfully landed on the Red Planet just before 1pm local time on Thursday. Speaking at a news briefing in California on Friday, NASA officials revealed the rover landed 2km (1.24 miles) from the ancient river delta it was aiming for.The team also released the three first colour pictures of the landing, which they hope will go down in history with the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Image: This is the first colour picture captured from the rover. Pic: NASA Image: Another new picture shows one of the wheels of ...
Nasa’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars

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There's a new robot on the surface of Mars.The American space agency has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.Engineers at Nasa's mission control in California erupted with joy when confirmation of touchdown came through.The six-wheeled vehicle will now spend at least the next two years drilling into the local rocks, looking for evidence of past life.Jezero is thought to have held a giant lake billions of years ago. And where there's been water, there's the possibility there might also have been life.Key questions about Nasa's Mars roverHow Perseverance will search for signs of lifeNASAThe signal alerting controllers that Perseverance was down and safe arrived at 20:55 GMT. In the past they might have hugged and high-fived but ...