NASA released the video of the Perseverance rover arriving on Mars. The images show the orange and white parachute opening and the red powder rising, while the rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.
From the Propulsion Laboratory, Al Chen, responsible for the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) systems of the Mars 2020 project, comments on the images: “It is all right now that the engines are under control, that the orange parachute rocket disappeared, so here we are slowing down and stopping and descending directly to our eventual landing site. We can see how we are slowing down here, the engines are slowing down; and we stop here. And we can see him starting to push all that dust on the floor, on both sides “.
The Perseverance rover landed last week at the Jezero Crater. The videos were spectacular, and after the noise of the machines leaving Earth, the first sounds of Mars were heard.
The rover will spend the next two years exploring the dry river delta and drilling into rocks that may contain evidence of life from 3 to 4 billion years ago. The samples will not return to Earth in a decade.