KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 23
The US space agency NASA has released a video of Perseverance rover landing on the Red planet.
Earlier last week, NASA had shared that the rover will characterise the planet's geology and past climate, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. This is NASA's first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and sediment for later return to Earth.
Likewise, the space agency on Twitter shared the sounds from the landing: "Now that you've seen Mars, hear it. Grab some headphones and listen to the first sounds captured by one of my microphones."
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in a statement, said "This video of Perseverance's descent is the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit."
Zurbuchen further added that "It should become mandatory viewing for young women and men who not only want to explore other worlds and build the spacecraft that will take them there but also want to be part of the diverse teams achieving all the audacious goals in our future."
NASA also shared a 360-degree view of Jezero Crater captured by the rover.
The Perseverance rover is the agency's fifth rover on Mars. The name of the rover – Perseverance – itself suggests the passion for the mission it has accumulated. This mission, launched last year on July 30, made its landing on Mars last week on February 18 along with an attached helicopter, called Ingenuity.
Currently, the team is making initial observations of what the rover has captured from the Martian surface after landing.