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Movie of Perseverance’s descent and landing

Cool movie time! The science team for Perseverance today released movie footage obtained by the rover as it descended and landed on Mars in Jezero Crater. That video is embedded below.

If you compare what this movie sees with the orbital images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) that I posted earlier today, you can recognize the features in the crater and anticipate exactly where the rover is going to land.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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7 comments

  • Jay

    That is a very cool video. I noticed the washboard features across the terrain at 1m58s. Such detail during descent and I did not mind the wobbling!

  • t-dub

    Amazing to watch! Interesting that when the parachute deployed that they lost a radome protecting an antenna but since it was on the descent stage it doesn’t really matter as it is crashed on the surface now anyways. It was also interesting to see that one spring that came loose on the heat shield. The microphone sounds of the Martian wind were cool, can’t wait to hear more sounds later of equipment on the rover working.

  • Sayomara

    Honestly not sure why it bothers me but it seems like they should wait to start clapping until they have touch down. All the other clapping seems really empty could just be replaced with finger snaps…

    In any case cool video its honestly insane we can make this happen

  • Tim

    Excellent video. You may enjoy the shot-by-shot commentary about this video at about 16 minutes into this live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYQwuYZbA6o

  • wayne

    a repeat from me–good stuff on the background of this video presentation

    Scott Manley
    Perseverance Begins Life On Mars
    2-20-21
    https://youtu.be/zvvzvXb2Awc?t=326

    –> “Table 4: EDLCAM properties and estimated operating modes”

  • wayne

    So, who can tell me if all those fake “masks” the science team wears, were manufactured in china?

  • Sayomara noted: “. . . just be replaced with finger snaps…”

    From a Thelonious Monk jazz festival appearance: “Hep cats know to snap on the upbeat. Don’t snap on the downbeat; it’s considered aggressive.”

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