They’ve performed it once more. After a journey of practically seven months, the Perseverance rover groups efficiently guided their intrepid traveler to a pinpoint touchdown inside Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18, 2021.
And inside minutes of the touchdown, Perseverance despatched again two pictures from the entrance and rear Hazard Avoidance Cameras, revealing its environment on the Crimson Planet.
I really like the primary picture, above, from the Entrance Left Hazard Avoidance Digicam A, as a result of it reveals Perseverance’s shadow on Mars. To me, this picture says, “I’m right here, we made it!”
Under is the view from the second image the rover beamed again, from the Rear Proper Hazard Avoidance Digicam, displaying all of the issues planetary rover scientists wish to see: rocks to review, and an instantaneous flat place to drive round.
For the primary time, the rover groups have been in a position to shortly decide precisely the place Perseverance had landed. That’s as a result of a part of Perseverance’s new touchdown system was a brand new navigation package deal that took pictures of the touchdown space and in contrast them with maps to pick a secure spot to the touch down. “That is lastly like touchdown together with your eyes open,” stated NASA scientist Swati Mohan who supplied the play-by-play in the course of the NASA livestream of the touchdown.
There’s a rumor extra pictures might be launched right this moment, maybe even some from the Entry Descent and Touchdown (EDL). One other rumor says by Monday, NASA might be able to launch the video and audio the rover’s touchdown system took. Audio from one of many rover’s microphones (read more about them here) might be paired with full-color video taken by the EDL cameras. It will enable viewers to expertise what touchdown on Mars each appears and appears like for the very first time. So, keep tuned!