Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

The NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera system has spotted the Perseverance Rover on the surface of the Red Planet. Imagery also shows many parts of the descent system that got the safely down.

On the surface. Safe touchdown by Perseverance rover.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

The rover itself sits at the center of a blast pattern created by the hovering skycrane (labeled as “descent stage”) that lowered it there. The skycrane flew off to crash as at a safe distance creating a V-shaped debris pattern that points back toward the rover it came from.

Earlier in the landing sequence, Perseverance jettisoned its heatshield and parachute which crashed in the separate locations.

Perseverance heat shield.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

These foreign objects on the surface of Mars are highly visible now but will become dustier with time and slowly fade into the background over years. HiRISE will continue to image the Perseverance landing site to track the progress of the rover and changes in the other pieces of hardware that accompanied it.

Information provided by Shane Byrne, Deputy Principal Investigator of HiRISE team.

Descent stage crash site.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Perseverance parachute spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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