NASA releases ‘stunning’ images from Perseverance rover on Mars
FOX News correspondent Phil Keating has the details from Miami on ‘America’s Newsroom’
NASA has finally shared video and audio of Mars after its historic descent onto the planet’s surface with the Perseverance rover on Thursday.
The independent space agency uploaded a first look to its NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Twitter account Monday afternoon, which showed a clip of how they achieved this feat.
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The “How to Land on Mars” video, as described in an earlier press release, displayed up-close footage from the touchdown on Feb. 18, which were captured by cameras located underneath the rover.
NASA’s video shows the rover entering the Martian atmosphere with a deployed parachute. The velocity at the start of its descent was “450 meters per second at an altitude of about 12 kilometers from the surface of Mars,” according to a voice that narrated the clip.
The rover performed a “sky crane maneuver” around 20 meters off the planet’s surface before it finally touched down.
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“[We’re] ready to begin seeking the signs of past life,” the video’s narrator concludes.