NASA Perseverance rover wows with first sweeping Mars panoramaFebruary 23, 2021
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After a NASA’s Perseverance rover has had a chance to catch its breath and take a good long look around the red planet. On Monday, , including a gorgeous panorama showing the rover’s view of its new home, Jezero Crater.,
The panorama is made up of six images snapped by the vehicle’s navigation cameras on Feb. 20, 2021. It shows a wide, dusty and rocky landscape. The crater was once home to a lake and the rover will be.
“Landing on Mars is a rush of tension, drama, and noise. Then, when the dust clears: tranquility and grandeur,” the Perseverance team tweeted on Monday along with a video version of the panorama.
On Monday, NASA also released anand audio collected from the surface by a microphone on the rover. The agency shared some additional photos of interest, including a view of the rover’s deck and its stowed arm.
It’s notable how clean the rover looks after its dusty landing. NASA is currently checking systems and preparing for surface operations, which will eventually include dropping off the experimentaland collecting samples for later return to Earth.
There’s one more notable image that was revealed by NASA on Monday. This one doesn’t come from the rover itself. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) looked down at the landing area with its HiRise camera and spotted all the different components of the arrival process scattered across Mars.
The annotated image shows the parachute and back shell, the descent stage, the rover itself and the discarded heat shield that protected the machine as it blasted through the atmosphere.
MRO’s long-distance view is the perfect counterpoint to the Perseverance panorama and close-up. It’s a big planet and there’s lots to explore.
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