NASA has released footage of its Perseverance Rover descending onto Mars’ Jezero Crater.
The footage shows the final moments of descent onto Mars in high-speed and from various angles. There’s a view from the rover looking up, a view from the top of the aeroshell, and a view from the bottom of the rover looking down at the crater.
With audio from NASA’s mission control, the video explains what’s happening at each point of the descent. The last shot is of the “Sky Crane” maneuver where you can see the rover being lowered down onto the surface.
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