‘Something we’ve never seen’ – Mars takes a selfie from the moment before the rover lands

LOS ANGELES: NASA scientists released preliminary images of a picture-perfect landing on Friday. Mars Rover दरेताIncluding a selfie of a vehicle hidden above the surface of Red Planet Moments before the touchdown.
Among the memorable images in the history of spaceflight, the color photograph, likely to be an instant classic, was shattered by a rocket-propelled grenade. “Crane in the sky“The car’s size spacecraft is being lowered to Martian soil on Thursday as the rover’s upper core stages.
The image was unveiled by mission managers during a news online news briefing webcast by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles less than 24 hours after landing.
The picture, looking down at the rover, shows the sky vehicle, with the “navel” communication cord, the entire vehicle suspended from the three cables, obscured from the sky crane. Kick by the dust vortex crane Rocket Thrusters also appear.
Seconds later, the rover was gently planted on its wheel, its tethers were cut off, and the sky crane – its job was done – flew to break the safe distance, however, photos and other data collected during the descent before it Were not transferred. Rover to keep safe.
This is the first close-up photo of a spacecraft landing on Mars or on a planet beyond Earth, given the image of the swinging science lab, given its clarity and sense of motion.
“This is something we’ve never seen before,” said Aaron Stehura, vice-leader of the mission’s descent and landing team, describing himself and colleagues as “amazed” when he first saw the image.
Instant Iconic
Adam Steltzner, chief engineer of JPL’s perseverance project, said the image was soon found to be iconic, compared to a shot. Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin There were standing stars on the moon in 1969, or Voyager 1 images of the 1970 Saturn probe.
He said the viewer is connected to a landmark moment representing years of work by thousands of individuals.
“You’ve been brought to the surface of Mars. You’re sitting there, seven meters below the surface of the rover,” he said. “It’s absolutely delightful, and it stimulates those other images from our experience as humans move into our solar system.”
This image was taken at the very end of the so-called “seven-minute-of-terror” descent that brought stability from the top of the Martian atmosphere, traveling 12,000 miles per hour, to a gentle touch on the floor. A huge basin called the Jezero Crater.
In the coming weeks, NASA hopes to present more photos and video – some possibly with audio Dio – showing more sky crane maneuvers, taken by all six cameras attached to the descending spacecraft, as well as the supersonic parachute deployment that lies ahead of it.
Strategic mission manager Pan Lin Hwang said the rover itself is doing great work and is healthy on the surface of Mars, and it remains extremely functional and awesome. ”
The vehicle landed about two kilometers from the mountain range at the base of the ancient river delta, carved into the crater of the vehicle billions of years ago, while Mars was hot, humid and possibly hot for life.
Scientists say the site is ideal for pursuing its primary purpose – to search for fossils of supposed microbial life deposited around the delta and to search for long-term ponds once fed.
At the beginning of 2031, on the Red Planet, samples of rocky outcrops are to be stored on the surface, to be finalized and delivered to Earth by two future robotic missions.
Other color photos released on Friday show moments after the rover’s arrival, showing the rocky terrain surrounding the landing site and the delta rocks that appear in the distance.
Havanang said the mission’s surface team will spend the next few days and weeks unreliable, unfurling and testing the vehicle’s robotic arm, communication antennas and other equipment in an extraordinary way and upgrading the rover’s software.
She said it would be about nine “Souls” or Martin days before the rover prepares for its first test spin.
One surefire task before embarking on the search for signs of microbial life is to deploy a miniature helicopter for an unprecedented extraterrestrial test flight on Mars. But Hwang said the effort is still two months away.