February 22nd, 2021
NASA has launched never-before-seen video from Mars — the highly-anticipated views of the Perseverance rover from a number of entry, descent and touchdown cameras.
The Perseverance rover touched down successfully on the floor of the crimson planet at 3:55 p.m. EST (20:55 UTC) Feb. 18, 2021, to start a multi-year seek for proof of historical microbial life. It utilized the “sky crane” touchdown system that was utilized by the Curiosity rover greater than eight years in the past. This time round, nonetheless, engineers included a number of cameras to document this distinctive touchdown system.
“This video of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you may get to touchdown on Mars with out placing on a stress swimsuit,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA affiliate administrator for science, throughout a press convention showcasing the video. “It ought to turn into obligatory viewing for younger men and women who not solely wish to discover different worlds and construct the spacecraft that may take them there, but additionally wish to be a part of the various groups reaching all of the audacious objectives in our future.”
Displaying the descent to the floor, the video begins by displaying the parachute deployment in 75 frames per second. There have been additionally cameras on the descent stage wanting down, the rover wanting up and the rover wanting down on to the bottom.
“For individuals who marvel the way you land on Mars — or why it’s so troublesome — or how cool it will be to take action — you want look no additional,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “Perseverance is simply getting began, and already has offered among the most iconic visuals in area exploration historical past. It reinforces the outstanding stage of engineering and precision that’s required to construct and fly a car to the Pink Planet.”
Additionally aboard the car are a number of microphones, nonetheless, the one which engineers hoped would document the sound of the descent didn’t return usable knowledge. Nevertheless, the microphone on one of many business, off-the-shelf cameras did document a breeze from the floor — the primary first audio recording of sounds from Mars.
Perseverance landed inside a crater named Jezero, which scientists consider performed host to a lake billions of years in the past. A number of kilometers to the northwest of the rover is an historical river delta.
Over the approaching years, the rover is anticipated to make its method towards the delta learning rocks and the atmosphere with a collection of devices aboard the spacecraft.
The rover can also be designed to gather samples and cache them in tubes that engineers and scientists hope shall be collected by way of a sequence of future robotic spacecraft that’ll launch them again to Earth for additional research.
Video credit score: NASA
Derek Richardson has a level in mass media, with an emphasis in modern journalism, from Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. Whereas at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the scholar run newspaper, the Washburn Evaluate. He additionally has a weblog concerning the Worldwide Area Station, referred to as Orbital Velocity.