The video footage of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you can get to the Mars surface. The video from the high-definition EDL cameras of the rover perseverance during the descent comprises
- firstly, starts blank with camera lens still unopened
- secondly, goes with the deployment of the parachute on Mars
- thirdly, rovers’ touchdown over the Jezero crater on Mars
The footage lasts for about three minutes and 25 seconds. It shows the most massive parachute deployment ever on mars. The Rover landed on Mars on 18th of February 2021.
Perseverance the Rover to Mars
Perseverance, or Percy, is a space utility vehicle(SUV)-sized rover. It was designed to explore Jezero Crater on Mars. It is a part of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manufactured the Rover Perseverance
The rover was launched in the United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle . It was from the cape Canaveral air force station, Florida. The Rover was successfully launched oh 30 July 2020 at 11:50:00 UTC and landed on Mars on 18 February 2021 at 20:55 UTC
As of now that is on 23rd of February 2021,it is 5 Earth days on Mars for the Perseverance Rover after landing.
The goals of Perseverance Rover include
- looking for Mars’s environmental capability to support life on mars
- possibility of any microbial life existence in mars
- collecting rock and soil samples for further study about mars’s life capability
- testing for any oxygen content in the atmosphere of mars to in order to help future manned missions.
A note on the first audio of Perseverance landing on Mars released on Monday
The microphone failed to record initially before the descent. But after that a commercial device survived the descent to the mars surface. It obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb 20th 2021. A mild breeze in Mars is also audible for a few seconds in the clip
The first milestone of Rover Perseverance- description about the video clip sent on 23rd of February 2021
The video opens in blank. The camera lens still covered within the parachute compartment. The spacecraft’s parachute deploys within a second. A tens of thousands of pounds of force generated in a very short while. This stresses both the parachute and the vehicle to land on mars
Then, 80 seconds later, the cameras captures the descent stage over the Jezero crater. The rocket engines kicks up dust and small rocks that have been in place for billions of years.
At the end of the video clip the aluminium wheels of the perseverance makes contact with the surface of Mars at 1.61 mph. Then uniformly firing blades cut the cables that connects the wheels to the still attached descent stage. Then the decent stage accelerates away in the preplanned manner of landing execution procedure.
Perseverance has started its journey in search of oxygen or micro organisms in Mars. There is still more for the Rover to explore about Mars and amaze us
Authored by – Indhirani k
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