NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has created a new project, Explore with Perseverance. It allows you to take a 3D tour of the Jezero crater on the Red Planet, where the rover is currently engaged in research. There is no need to leave the Earth.
In addition to the project “Explore with Perseverance”, NASA has prepared another interactive – “Where is Perseverance?” It shows the current location of the Ingenuity rover and helicopter as they explore the Red Planet. The status is updated after each trip and flight and allows you to track the progress of Perseverance and Ingenuity on their travels in and above the Red Planet.
Project “Exploration with Perseverance” is created mainly on the basis of images obtained by the rover from different viewpoints. Also on the 3D tour are additional images from the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Experiment) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
“This is the best reconstruction of what Mars looks like,” said Parker Abercrombie, a senior software engineer who leads software development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The Mars Public Engagement team hired Abercrombie and his colleagues to create a publicly available project experience for engaging in Mars science and exploration.
The team plans to regularly update the site, adding new views from the spacecraft and rover, as well as new landmarks as they are discovered.