Such video and audio recordings have never been made before. “These videos are great,” said NASA manager Mike Watkins. “We’ve seen them all over the weekend many, many times.”
The American rover “Perseverance” has sent the first videos of its landing and audio recordings of Mars to Earth. Such video and audio recordings have never been made before, the US space agency NASA announced on Monday at a press conference. “These videos are great,” said NASA manager Mike Watkins. “We’ve seen them all over the weekend many, many times.”
The videos show the last eleven kilometers of the “Perseverance” route. For example, you can see how the parachute opens. The surface on which the rover lands is also visible. The microphones on board the rover did not send any useful data of the landing – but later sent the earliest sound recordings of Mars’ surface, it said. You can hear something on them that sounds like a gust of wind. New photos were also published.
Small helicopter detaches itself from the rover
The small helicopter “Ingenuity” on board the rover has previously sent its first status report to the control center in Pasadena, California – and according to NASA experts, it seems to “work perfectly”. “Perseverance” (German: vernimstigens) is still attached to the bottom of “Perseverance”. But in 30 to 60 days, the helicopter must examine Mars from a bird’s eye view. It would be the first flight of an airplane over another planet.
The “Perseverance” rover, weighing about 1,000 kilograms and the size of a small car, arrived Thursday – after 203 days of flight and 472 million kilometers – with a risky maneuver in a dry lake called “Jezero Crater”. “Perseverance” is to investigate this for the next two years with a diameter of about 45 kilometers.
The development and construction of the roughly $ 2.5 billion (about $ 2.2 billion) rover had taken eight years. He is looking to find traces of earlier microbial life on Mars and to investigate the climate and geology of the planet.