NASA’s Red Planet’s Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Ever Audio Recording of Mars and Rare Photos

By Murtaza Arshad Butt

This is a high-resolution version of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars. Cameras aboard the rover captured these shots; a microphone captured the first-ever audio of a Mars landing.
 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
From its landing site, the rover could see a remnant of a fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta (the raised area of dark brown rock in the middle ground).JPL-Caltech/NASA
This image of Mars’ surface was taken using a camera mounted to the bottom of the rover.JPL-Caltech/NASA
This image shows the rover’s wheel on the surface of the red planet.JPL-Caltech/NASA
The navigation cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover captured this view of the rover’s deck on February 20.JPL-Caltech/NASA
This is the first color image released from Perseverance on the Martian surface. Rocks can be seen scattered around the landing site in Jezero Crater.JPL-Caltech/NASA
The rover took this image of its parachute during its descent to Mars.JPL-Caltech/NASA
Members of NASA mission control celebrate after receiving confirmation that the rover successfully touched down on Mars on February 18.Bill Ingalls/NASA
This image, from a camera on Perseverance’s “jetpack” during the spacecraft’s descent stage, captures the rover in midair just before its wheels touched down. This perspective has never been seen before on previous missions.JPL-Caltech/NASA
President Joe Biden watches coverage of the rover landing from the White House. “Congratulations to NASA and everyone whose hard work made Perseverance’s historic landing possible,” he said in a tweet. “Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.”The White House
Perseverance sent this image back shortly after landing on Mars. The rover will explore Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.JPL-Caltech/NASA
The Empire State Building in New York is illuminated in red on February 16 to mark Perseverance’s scheduled landing on the red planet.Emma Howells/NASA
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, carrying the Perseverance rover, launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in July 2020.Joel Kowsky/NASA
Engineers perform tests on the rover inside the Kennedy Space Center in April 2020. The rover was rotated clockwise and counterclockwise on a spin table to determine its center of gravity. Establishing the rover’s center of gravity helped ensure the spacecraft would land on Mars as calculated.Christian Mangano/JPL-Caltech/NASA
This piece of hardware, designed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will carry the first spacesuit materials to Mars to see how they hold up. It will also carry a piece of a Martian meteorite back to the surface of the planet so scientists can observe how it changes over time.Robert Markowitz/NASA
NASA workers install the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, aka MOXIE, into the chassis of the Perseverance rover in March 2019. This experiment will attempt to convert Martian carbon dioxide into oxygen. This could help NASA scientists learn how to produce not only rocket fuel on Mars, but also oxygen that could be used during future human exploration of the red planet.R. Lannom/JPL-Caltech/NASA

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