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Don961: First video footage of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars


{International: Euphrates News} On Monday, the US Space Agency (NASA) published the first video showing the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars.

A video of three minutes and 25 seconds showed the parachute spreading and the rover landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

“These are really cool video footage. … It’s the first time we’ve been able to film an event like the landing on Mars,” said Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The video also shows a vortex of dust and pebbles blowing off as the spacecraft that carried the probe was lowered onto the back of a rocket bag that landed on an area of Mars surface known as Jerezo Crater.

The probe was provided with a large number of cameras, seven of which were designated to record the moment of its landing on the Red Planet.

The snapshots benefit engineers and researchers seeking to develop technologies to land sensors on Mars in the future, while observers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the US Space Agency continue to work on operating the robot.

The navigation mast of the robot was raised at the end of last week, after it had been flat since leaving Earth.

This allowed the cameras installed on the robot to begin to perform panoramic imaging of the area around the Jerezo Carter and of the surface of the robot vehicle itself, which is important in knowing if there is any confusing damage caused by flying stones from the surface of Mars.

This week, observers are set to undertake the crucial task of moving the robot’s work from the program that brought it safely to the surface of Mars to a program that would enable it to roam and use equipment such as its robotic arms.

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