NASA’s Perseverance vehicle has been on the surface of Mars for a few days now, but the agency decided to show the first video footage of the rover’s incredible landing on the red planet. We can now see a historic moment, complete from the alignment with the Jezero crater until the end of the descent and when it touches the Martian soil.
The images now made available by the US Space Agency begin more than 11 kilometers from the surface of Mars following the complicated process of removing the thermal protection that protected Perseverance as it entered the planet’s atmosphere.
NASA offers a privileged view of the red planet
Perhaps the most interesting part is actually facilitating the understanding of how the crane works which helps to place the autonomous vehicle on the ground. After completing its mission, the instrument disappears so as not to interfere with the operation of Perseverance.
The 23 chambers present in the device allow a better understanding of the entire process, leaving no room for doubts regarding its complexity.
One of the most chilling moments is when we see all the red powder moving by the force of the vehicle’s deceleration and landing process, called “touchdown.”
It is a fabulous vision of a new world, which many believe can come to function as a second home for humanity, in a process of colonization that is already being studied.
Perseverance transmits the first sounds of Mars
Shortly after landing, NASA turned on Perseverance’s microphones, a novelty for this year’s mission. InSight had already been able to record sounds, but from the translation of vibrations detected in its solar panels.
Perseverance is the first to transmit to Earth the first real sounds of the red planet. As you would expect, there is not much noise and the atmosphere even seems a little removed from a horror movie.
Despite this, it is an unforgettable moment and one that will certainly last in the memory of the team and of those who watched yet another historic episode that takes Humanity well beyond its world.
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