TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — NASA unveiled brand new images and video on Monday of the Mars Perseverance Rover touching down on the red planet last week, as well as the first sounds recorded from the planet’s surface.
The “How to Land on Mars” video released during Monday’s virtual briefing featured first-of-its-kind footage showing the rover’s entry, descent and landing (EDL) on Mars in the Jezero Crater. The video begins with the rover’s parachute inflating and ends with the rover touching down on the planet’s surface.
According to officials with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it’s the first time we’ve ever been able to see a landing on the red planet from multiple angles.
“This is the first time we’ve actually been able to capture an event like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars,” JPL Director Michael Watkins said. “And these are pretty cool videos. And we will learn something by looking at the performance of the vehicle in these videos, but a lot of it is also to bring you along on our journey – our touchdown to Mars and, of course, our surface mission