Perseverance’s ‘sky crane’ captures Mars descent

Jan 27, 2020
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Perseverance’s ‘sky crane’ captures Mars descent

By Paul VoosenFeb. 19, 2021 , 1:35 PM

Sometimes it pays to bring your own photographer. Cameras mounted on the sky crane that ferried Perseverance to the surface of Mars yesterday captured the rover’s descent, NASA reports today. The picture, above, shows the rover threading the needle to land in a rocky region, 2 kilometers south of an ancient delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero crater—a site found with its autonomous navigation system. The rover is perhaps 2 meters from the surface, dust kicked up by its engines. More shots of Perseverance’s surroundings, including video, are expected to be released this weekend or early next week, uploaded at the mission’s imagery website.
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I am thrilled by this photo by Perseverance's sky crane showing the lander about two meters about the Martian surface, taken in HD 1280p. This picture is among the clearest yet from any of our landers. It was manufactured by and is controlled by The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
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