Video NASA successfully landed its fifth robotic rover on the surface of Mars just five metres from its target, the American space agency said after releasing footage of the historic landing.
As Perseverance plunged through the Martian atmosphere and shed its lower shell, its cameras were able to provide scientists with a view of what was going on above and below the vehicle. You can watch the drama unfold below as mission control recounts the various steps needed to slow the rover down from a whopping 5,300 metres per second to plonk it safely on the ground.
Operators applauded and sighed a breath of relief when the parachute opened and Perseverance dangled 15km above ground. The nuclear-powered SUV-sized geology lab-on-wheels arrived on the Martian surface at Jezero Crater, a dried lake bed, on February 18 at about 1555 ET (2055 UTC). It had traveled 292.5 million ...
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