NASA released a new photo of the Perseverance rover mission on Mars on Monday. This was the first image captured by the mission after it landed on Mars on February 18, 2021 at 15:53:58 local mean solar time. It was selected by public vote and named “Picture of the Week” for Week 1 (February 14 – February 20, 2021) of the Mars mission.
NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover took this image of the area in front of it with the integrated Front A Hazard Avoidance Camera A.
On Friday, NASA released stunning new photos of Perseverance, including one of the rovers gently lowered onto the Martian surface with a set of cables. This is the first time such a view has been taken.
The high-resolution version was still extracted from a video captured of the descent stage of the spacecraft that had carried the rover off Earth.
At this moment, the descent phase with her six-engine jetpack slowed down to a speed of around 2.7 km / h as part of the “Skycrane maneuver”, the last landing phase.
The three straight lines are mechanical reins that hold the rover under the descent step while the curly cable was used to transmit the data from the cameras to Perseverance.
Another new image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the persistence as it bounced through the atmosphere at hundreds of miles per hour.
A second color image shows one of the rover’s six wheels, next to it are several honeycomb rocks, which are believed to be more than 3.6 billion years old.
Volcanic rocks in particular can be dated with very high precision once the samples are returned to Earth on a future return mission – an exciting development from a planetary science perspective.
The first two images were released on Thursday shortly after the rover landed, but were in lower resolution and black and white due to the limited data rate available.
NASA hopes to have more high-resolution photos and videos in the coming days, but doesn’t yet know if it was the first time it successfully recorded sound with microphones on Mars.