NASA has released the first stunning video of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars. The probe’s navigation cameras, or Navcams, filmed the end of the rover’s journey to its destination – the landing was truly spectacular.
The footage, captured by multiple cameras, captures the rover’s entry, descent and landing in the Jesero Crater on the Red Planet on Feb. 18. “This is the first time we have been able to capture such an event as a spacecraft landing on Mars,” Michael Watkins, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said at a news conference Monday. The footage was captured by five cameras on three different parts of the spacecraft.
Watkins joked that the team “binge-watched” the new videos over the weekend: “If you can call a one-minute video binge-watching, but we’ve watched it many, many times, and it’s really fantastic.”
The agency also released images showing 360-degree panoramas of the Mars landscape at the Perseverance landing site.