The video footage captures all the stages of the descent of the spacecraft to Mars.
Specialists of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) showed a video taken during the Perseverance rover landing on the Red Planet. It was demonstrated on Monday at a briefing broadcast on the NASA website.
The video footage captures all the stages of the descent of the spacecraft to Mars, starting from the moment of opening the parachute in the atmosphere of the Red Planet and ending with the separation of the lander after Perseverance touched the surface of the planet. The NASA representative explained that the recording was conducted with the help of four video cameras, two of which are installed on the rover itself, one on the lander, and one on the outer casing to which the parachute was attached.
A representative of the agency’s team of specialists pointed out that NASA also expected to use the microphone installed on the rover to receive an audio recording of the moment of its landing on the Red Planet. However, this could not be done.
The Perseverance rover landed near the Jezero crater last Thursday. All operations during it were carried out in automatic mode. Now, all systems and equipment will be checked within a few months. NASA experts expect to use Perseverance to detect traces of the existence of life on Mars in the distant past.