Mars video reveals Perseverance rover’s daring touchdown

The NASA spacecraft has also snapped more shots of its surroundings and listened to a Martian wind gust.
NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021

An image of Perseverance taken by a rocket-powered 'sky crane' as it lowered the rover onto Mars's dusty surface on 18 February.
Credits: NASA/JPL-CaltechHumanity has just been given a front-row seat to a Mars landing, thanks to a high-resolution, full--colour video that NASA released of its Perseverance rover descending into Jezero Crater on 18 February
The video shows the drama of the spacecraft’s final descent, from the 21.5-metre-wide parachute billowing overhead to slow it down, to the dusty orange landscape of Jezero gently rocking below as Perseverance drifted downwards, to the final moments when the rover’s six corrugated wheels touched down on a flat, rock-studded surface.
This video — the first of its kind — shows how Perseverance landed on Mars. As it whizzes toward the surface, it deploys a parachute, then the sky crane carefully lowers the rover to the landing site, kicking up dust and debris in the process. The footage was captured by multiple cameras mounted on the rover, the sky crane and a shell that protected the rover at the start of the descent. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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