NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance, also known as Percy, launched into space on July 30, 2020, and finally touched down on the Red Planet last week on February 18, 2021.
Like Curiosity’s voyage before it, the descent and touchdown of Perseverance was an incredible feat of science. And thanks to NASA, we get to see how it all happened in some surprisingly high-quality footage.
“NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured thrilling footage of its rover landing in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover’s entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft’s descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface.”
Seeing such clear video from something happening millions and millions of miles away on the surface of another planet in pretty incredible. And if I’m being honest, it’s kind of making my (failing) wireless router on the other side of the room look like a bit of an embarrassment.