— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021
NASA’s Perseverance released the first high-resolution, colour picture showing the flat field in which it landed in the Jezero Crater, where a river and deep lake existed billions of years ago. On Friday, NASA released spectacular new photos of Perseverance, including one of the rover being slowly lowered to the surface of Mars by a series of cables, the first time the view was captured.
The high resolution was also derived from a video taken during the descent stage of the spacecraft that had transported the rover from Earth.
In the final phase of landing, the descent stage used its six-engine jetpack to slow down to a speed of around 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometres) per hour as part of the “skycrane manoeuvre,”
You can see the dust caused by the rover’s motors,” said Adam Steltzner, Chief Engineer of Perseverance, who claimed the shot was taken about two metres (six feet) or so above the ground.
The three straight lines are mechanical bridles supporting the rover below the descent point, while the curly cord was used to relay data from the cameras to Perseverance. A second colour image shows one of the rover’s six wheels, with a few honeycombed rocks thought to be more than 3.6 billion years old lying next to it.
The volcanic rocks can be studied once their samples are brought back to Earth.