The first-ever rover landing video from Mars is about to come to Earth, and you may watch its launch dwell at the moment, courtesy of NASA.
At 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT), NASA will unveil video of the Perseverance rover because it landed on Mars as seen from the rover itself. You can watch the occasion dwell right here and on Space.com’s homepage courtesy of NASA TV. Perseverance landed on Mars on Thursday (Feb. 18) to start its seek for indicators of historical life on Mars, gather samples and examine the Red Planet like by no means earlier than.
“Now that @NASAPersevere landed, we’ll release first-of-its-kind footage from the rover’s descent and landing after entering Mars’ atmosphere,” NASA officers wrote in a Twitter replace Saturday (Feb. 20).
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The video sequence will Perseverance touching down at Jezero Crater on Mars. Perseverance mission scientists shared a sneak peek at the video on Friday, once they launched a photo Perseverance dangling above Mars from its rocket-powered skycrane taken throughout its epic “seven minutes of terror” landing. The high-definition picture, which NASA additionally tweeted out, has already been appreciated greater than 150,000 occasions and retweeted practically 30,000 occasions from the official Percy account alone.
“The moment that my team dreamed of for years, now a reality. Dare mighty things,” the picture caption stated, with the mission adding in another tweet. “This shot from a camera on my ‘jetpack’ captures me in midair, just before my wheels touched down.”
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We’ve been ready for the full video ever since the image was posted, as Perseverance progressively uploads knowledge to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to in flip, relay to NASA’s Deep Space Network of antennas that tracks missions throughout the universe. As of Sunday round 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT), data from MRO was downloading to the Madrid antenna, in accordance to the Deep Space Network Now website from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
From its landing website in Jezero Crater, the rover can ship up to 2 megabits of knowledge per second to the orbiting MRO. Perseverance was watched throughout landing by three different spacecraft as effectively. Eventually, we should always get 4K video from Perseverance’s journeys, which is an interplanetary first.
Besides sending the landing video to Earth, Perseverance is presently testing its main methods earlier than getting rolling on-planet, with its JPL controllers working on Mars time to make the most of the first essential months of the mission.
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