NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released an interactive 360-degree view of the permanent landing site on Mars in 4K resolution. This is the latest jaw-dropping image returned from the mission, including an incredible videotape about the rover suddenly passing through the Martian atmosphere before it “towered into the clouds” to the surface of the red planet.
The 60-second video was captured by Perseverance’s color Navcams, which sit above the sensing mast above the rover. You can navigate the 360-degree scene in the browser or the YouTube application on your phone. These images were taken on February 20, two days after Perseverance landed in Jezero Crater.
Perseverance has 23 cameras in total, the most among the Mars rover to date: 1
To date, NASA’s Perseverance Mission has publicly released a total of 4,796 original images. Perseverance can transmit data to the orbiter overhead at a rate of up to 2Mbps. Then, the Mars Orbiter uses a larger antenna and a more powerful transmitter to relay the data back to Earth. A total of about 30GB of images were sewn into the video of the vehicle falling to the surface.
The Perseverance Rover aims to find signs of life and better understand the ancient geology of Mars. It will spend at least one Martian year (two Earth years) exploring the area around the landing site.