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NASA Perseverance rover: See the first mind-blowing video of Mars descent


Perseverance landing on the surface of Mars.

This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.

NASA has unveiled incredible "first of its kind" footage from the entry, descent and landing of its latest, ambitious, next-gen rover, Perseverance. The agency teased that we'd be able to "see Mars like never before," and it wasn't kidding. The six-wheeled rover landed safe and sound on the surface of Mars on Feb. 18, and a suite of specialized cameras captured every moment from the second its parachute deployed all the way to touchdown. 

"This is the first time we've been able to actually capture an event like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars," said Mike Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during a press briefing Monday. "We all binge-watched them over the weekend."

You can watch the landing video below: 

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