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“This is the first time we can truly capture the landing of a spacecraft on Mars,” Mike Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said at a press conference on Monday. “We are all here. Watched them during a weekend carnival.”
You can watch the landing video below:
The shot begins about seven miles from the ground, and bid farewell to the decline phase of perseverance. A large amount of data has been sent back to the earth to bring us images of another world. Dave Gruel, head of Perseverance, the head of EDL and camera kits, said: “We collected more than 30GB of information and more than 23,000 images fell to the surface of Mars.”
We are already a little familiar with the dusty red surface of our cosmic neighbors, mainly due to the rover mission led by NASA over the past 20 years. But even the most keen observer of Mars will be shocked by the information that NASA transmits from above the surface of the outer planet.
There are many beautiful moments in the lens. The heat shield discarded from the bottom of the spacecraft is a quiet sound to the persevering protective equipment. The black disk flew from Perseverance to the final resting place on the surface of Mars.
But the highlight of the new lens is that the rover looks up at its descending stage and the opposite, Looking down from the descending stage.
We have seen, But watching it in real time is really amazing.
During the descent phase, the perseverance is lowered to the ground by “skycrane”-like an inverted claw machine, put down the toy instead of trying to pick it up. Once the rover safely lands on the ground, it will automatically leave the rover’s landing zone during the descent phase and dive into the Martian soil. “Percy” (Percy) was about to make a good observation of it, this is the final farewell before the ship’s demise.
The team also revealed the audio of the microphone installed on Perseverance, although the audio could not be restored during the landing phase. “We think what happened was a communication error between the devices, which was responsible for digitizing the analog signal picked up by the microphone and then passing the application to the computer where all the data was actually stored,” Greuel said.
Perseverance is now ready to investigate in the old lake bed Jezero Crater’s new home to find traces of past lives.We have seen the results of its early work, The press conference showed more pictures. The team promised to provide thousands of original images at the permanent mission site today.
The Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020, in the early morning sunlight on the Florida coast of the United States Joint Launch Alliance Atlas V. It has traveled from Earth to Mars in the past seven months, protected from the harsh space environment inside the Mars 2020 spacecraft.
When it reached Mars, it abandoned its outer layer and crashed into the fragile atmosphere of the red planet. Only ten minutes later, it firmly installed six wheels on the Martian soil of Jezero Crater, a location that scientists believe used to be the lake bed.Where there is water-Perseverance will look for signs that Mars was once inhabited by alien microbes.
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