NASA released the first high-quality video of a space shuttle landing on Mars on Monday. This is a three-minute trailer showing the huge orange and white parachute violently opening, the red dust flying, the rocket The engine lowered the rover to the surface.
NASA also released an audio clip of “Red Planet.” You will hear a faint wind gust recorded by the probe.
The graphics are very good-the images are breathtaking-members of the Rangers team say they feel like they are riding a bicycle.
“Every time I see it, it gives me bumps. It’s amazing,” said Dave Gruel, head of the entry and descent camera team.
The Perseverance Wanderer landed near an ancient river delta in the Jezero Crater last Thursday to look for signs of ancient microscopic life. After spending the weekend carnival and watching the video of the descent and landing, the team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California shared the video at a press conference.
“These videos and these images are things we dream of,” said Chen Chen, who is in charge of the landing team.
Six off-the-shelf color cameras are dedicated to approach, descent and landing, and look up and down from different angles. Except for one camera, all other cameras can work normally. The only microphone failed to turn on due to landing, but after a touchdown, NASA got some sounds: the roar of the rover system and gusts of wind.
The flight controller is very excited about the thousands of images, and NASA’s largest and most capable rover to date is in very good condition. It will explore the dry river delta in the next two years and drill for rocks that may have signs of life between 3 billion and 4 billion years ago. The core sample will be reserved for return to Earth within ten years.
NASA added 25 cameras to this mission worth $3 billion (approximately Rs 21,710 crore), which is the most cameras ever sent to Mars. The space agency’s last rover, the 2012 Curiosity, only processed rough, grainy stop-frame images, mostly terrain images. Curiosity is still at work. The same is true for NASA’s InSight lander, although it is hampered by dusty solar panels.
They may have a company in late spring, when China tried to land its own rover, which entered Mars orbit two weeks ago.
Deputy Project Manager Matt Wallace said that a few years ago, when his young gymnast daughter was wearing a camera while performing a backflip, he was inspired to film the coveted decline of Perseverance.
Certain spacecraft systems, such as the crane used to bring the rover to the surface of Mars, cannot be tested on Earth.
“This is the first time we as engineers have the opportunity to actually see our design,” Wallace told reporters.
Thomas Zurbuchen, the head of NASA’s science mission, said that this video and the panorama after the touchdown “is the closest thing to Mars without wearing a pressure suit.”
Engineers say these images will help NASA prepare for astronauts flying to Mars in the coming decades.
There are more immediate benefits.
Justin Maki, an imaging scientist, said: “I know it has been a difficult year for everyone, and we hope that these images may help improve people’s lives.”
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