Nasa releases new video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars


Nasa releases new video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

The video clip of Perseverance landing on Mars shows the heat shield protecting the rover dropping away and the deployment of a massive red-and-white parachute.

The clip, which lasts for three minutes and 25 seconds, then shows the rover’s touchdown in Mars’s Jezero Crater in a cloud of dust.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars,” said Michael Watkins, director of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“These are really amazing videos,” Mr Watkins said. “We binge-watched them all weekend.”

Thomas Zurbuchen, Nasa’s associate administrator for science, said the video of Perseverance’s descent is “the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit.”

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