NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars in HD video
Then, a whirlwind of dust, as the descent stage fires its engines, and lowers the rover onto the surface with a series of cables.
NASAalso released a slip of sound recorded on the red plant, a small whoosh — a gust of wind traveling at five meters per second, or about 11 miles per hour, NASA estimated.The sounds and the video “are the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the head of NASA’s science mission directorate.
Documentingthe landing, one of the most perilous parts of the mission, known as the “seven-minutes of terror,” was not central to the spacecraft’s primary goal of searching for signs of ancient, microbial life on Mars.
Butit was a way to inspire future generations of explorers, NASA said, as well as give engineers feedback on how the spacecraft operated.“We have taken everyone along with us on our journeys across the solar system to the rings of Saturn, looking back at the pale blue dot and incredible panoramas on the surface of Mars,” said Michael Watkins, the director of NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to actually capture an event like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars.
And these are pretty cool videos. And we will learn something, by looking at the performance of the vehicle in these videos, but a lot of it is also to bring you along on our journey.”Because the atmospheric conditions are so different on Mars, NASA’s engineers…