The primary-ever rover touchdown video from Mars is about to return to Earth, and you’ll watch its launch stay right this moment, courtesy of NASA.
At 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT), NASA will unveil video of the Perseverance rover because it landed on Mars as seen from the rover itself. You can watch the event live here and on Area.com’s homepage courtesy of NASA TV. Perseverance landed on Mars on Thursday (Feb. 18) to start its seek for indicators of historical life on Mars, accumulate samples and examine the Purple Planet like by no means earlier than.
“Now that @NASAPersevere landed, we’ll launch first-of-its-kind footage from the rover’s descent and touchdown after getting into Mars’ environment,” NASA officers wrote in a Twitter replace Saturday (Feb. 20).
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The video sequence will Perseverance touching down at Jezero Crater on Mars. Perseverance mission scientists shared a sneak peek on the video on Friday, once they launched a photo Perseverance dangling above Mars from its rocket-powered skycrane taken throughout its epic “seven minutes of terror” touchdown. The high-definition picture, which NASA additionally tweeted out, has already been appreciated greater than 150,000 instances and retweeted almost 30,000 instances from the official Percy account alone.
“The second that my crew dreamed of for years, now a actuality. Dare mighty issues,” the picture caption stated, with the mission adding in another tweet. “This shot from a digicam on my ‘jetpack’ captures me in midair, simply earlier than my wheels touched down.”
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We have been ready for the complete video ever for the reason that image was posted, as Perseverance progressively uploads knowledge to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to in flip, relay to NASA’s Deep Area Community of antennas that tracks missions throughout the universe. As of Sunday round 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT), data from MRO was downloading to the Madrid antenna, in response to the Deep Space Network Now website from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
From its touchdown website in Jezero Crater, the rover can ship as much as 2 megabits of knowledge per second to the orbiting MRO. Perseverance was watched during landing by three other spacecraft as well. Finally, we must always get 4K video from Perseverance’s journeys, which is an interplanetary first.
In addition to sending the touchdown video to Earth, Perseverance is at present trying out its main methods earlier than getting rolling on-planet, with its JPL controllers working on Mars time to take advantage of the primary essential months of the mission.
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