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Perseverance’s first high resolution panorama

Looking west in Perseverance's 1st hi-res panorama
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The photo above is only one small slice from the first high resolution panorama taken by Perseverance on the floor of Jezero Crater. It is also reduced in size to post here.

From the press release:

The camera was commanded to take these images by scanning the mast, or “head,” a full 360-degrees around the horizon visible from the landing site. [In the section above] the top of some of the distant crater rim is cut off … to ensure the images would cover the front ridge of the Jezero Crater’s ancient delta, which is only about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) away from the rover in the center of this panorama. At that distance and focal length, Mastcam-Z can resolve features as small as about 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) across along the front of the delta.

The mosaic is not white balanced but is instead displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene that we would see if we were there viewing it ourselves.

So, this is approximately what you would really see if you were standing next to Perseverance and looked west towards the delta (the low hills in the foreground) and the high crater rim beyond.

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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  • Diane Wilson

    Wow. Just WOW.

    There are a lot of rocks in the close-up areas across some of the panorama that have the rounded look of water erosion.

  • Mastcam-Z?

    “Who writes this stuff?!”

    Ahnold “True Lies” 1994

    “My name is Mastcam-Z

    I’m takin’ in the scenery.

    Got biddy fly rocks

    Around the periphery”

    “Chillin’ hard, in Jezero Crater

    Got Stars and Stripes: signify my creator

    In a bit, I’ll be on the move,

    Gettin’ into the science groove.”

  • Chris

    So from this pic I have to give great credit to the landing software that needed to avoid the apparently common rocks that would have really complicated or caused an outright failure of the landing. This is a great piece of sensor work to detect and characterize the rock and to take automated evasive action to land in a cleared area.

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