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NASA has released new images the Perseverance rover captured after its dramatic landing on Mars.
At a press conference, one of the engineers involved in the ambitious journey said: “This is really the surface of an alien world – and we have just arrived.”
A panoramic image was also posted on the mission’s official Twitter page, along with the caption: “Landing on Mars is an onslaught of tension, drama and noise. When the dust clears: calm and grandeur.”
The rover has already collected more than 30 GB of information – along with 23,000 images when the vehicle descended.
Matt Wallace, Deputy Project Manager at Perseverance, announced that he came up with the sophisticated camera system after buying a sports camera and harness for his gymnast daughter.
He explained, “I don’t know about you, but I can’t do a backflip. But when she showed me the video – and I saw the camera panning all the way to the ceiling and the room turning upside down and sort of realigning it.” landed on her feet – for a moment I felt like I was taking a look at what it would be like to do a backflip. “
Mr. Wallace added, “It is unlikely at this point in my career that I will pilot a spaceship to the surface of Mars. But when you see these images you will feel like you are getting a glimpse of what it would be landing happy to be successful in the Jezero crater with perseverance. “
The footage comes days after the US space agency released color images of the robot landing – stunning images that will go down in history with the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
Last Thursday’s touchdown was the culmination of a seven-month journey through space and a “dangerous” seven minutes as the controllers watched as the rover entered the Martian atmosphere at 12,100 mph and sped toward the ground.
It took 11 minutes for the safe landing message to reach the control room in Pasadena, California as radio signals traveled 33.9 million miles to Earth at the speed of light.
NASA decided to land Perseverance near an ancient river delta and a former lake known as the Jezero Crater. This is where drilling deep into the sediment where water once flowed and collecting material that may contain signs of life.
The £ 1.9 billion effort has already accomplished much more than most, as roughly half of all human missions to Mars have failed.
Persistence brings with it more cameras than any other interplanetary mission in history – 19 to be precise – and allows us to appreciate the Martian landscape like never before.
The rover is also equipped with a navigation system to avoid dangerous boulders and canyons, a set of scientific tools for conducting experiments and a miniature helicopter that will be the first rotary wing aircraft to fly on another planet.
However, the carefully selected rock and soil samples are not analyzed immediately. Instead, they are sealed in tubes and kept in a well-identified place on the surface for future collection.
During the NASA livestream event, audio of the first sounds recorded from the surface of Mars was played.
A standard microphone was attached to the rover – and, remarkably, the device managed to survive the highly dynamic descent to the surface.
For the first time a gust of wind on the planet was picked up by the microphone, as was the sound of the Perseverance rover.
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NASA Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk said, “For those wondering how you landed on Mars – or why it is so difficult – or how cool it would be to do it – look no further.
“Persistence is just getting started and has already provided some of the most iconic images in the history of space exploration. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet.”
And Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Associate Science Administrator, said the newly released video was “the closest land to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit.”