Real image shows Perseverance rover being lowered to the floor of Jezero Crater by the Skycrane. Rocket engines kicked up streaks of dust during the touchdown.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


Newly released imagery from NASA’s Perseverance rover mission captures milestone minutes at the start of its journey.

A high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured the image.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wheel of Perseverance rover. Image includes rocks that may be of volcanic origin.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech



In addition, several images in color were released, taken by the robot sitting in Jezero Crater.

Caught on camera! NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera system image of Perseverance rover mission on parachute prior to touchdown within Jezero Crater.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its powerful HiRISE camera system to capture a stunning image of Perseverance on its descent to the Martian surface.

“HiRISE was approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Perseverance at the time of the image and traveling at about 3 kilometers per second (6,750 mph),” explains Shane Byrne of the HiRISE team at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “The extreme distance and high speeds of the two spacecraft were challenging conditions that required precise timing and for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to both pitch upward and roll hard to the left so that Perseverance was viewable by HiRISE at just the right moment.”

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