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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 08:57 PM

NASA releases Mars landing video: 'Stuff of our dreams'

Source: AP

By MARCIA DUNN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.

The footage was so good — and the images so breathtaking — that members of the rover team said they felt like they were riding along.

“It gives me goose bumps every time I see it, just amazing,” said Dave Gruel, head of the entry and descent camera team.

The Perseverance rover landed last Thursday near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater to search for signs of ancient microscopic life. After spending the weekend binge-watching the descent and landing video, the team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared the video at a news conference.



This combination of images from video made available by NASA shows steps in the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/nasa-mars-rover-landing-video-74a315f5d8412803aae89aa03fe91b80

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Reply NASA releases Mars landing video: 'Stuff of our dreams' (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 22 OP
thx64536 Feb 22 #1
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 22 #2
wryter2000 Feb 23 #8
jtb653 Feb 22 #3
rictofen Feb 22 #4
Layzeebeaver Feb 23 #5
Tommymac Feb 23 #6
Maxheader Feb 23 #7
tonekat Feb 24 #9

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:47 PM

1. Rocket scientists

Those rocket scientists are pretty smart!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 11:26 PM

2. Thanks, Steve. Here's the referenced video....



Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)
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•Feb 22, 2021
NASA

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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.

The audio embedded in the video comes from the mission control call-outs during entry, descent, and landing.

For more information about Perseverance, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/perseverance​

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

KY........ .........


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 03:32 PM

8. I still can't believe

I'm watching Mars on my computer. Amazing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 11:39 PM

4. Incredible video

Such resolution, very frames per second. Wow!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 05:16 AM

5. The thing most people don't really understand yet...

...is that this new landing technology is quite a breakthrough. No more restrictions on landing zones. More accuracy regarding set down options and flexibility concerning science objectives. Also, when and if we ever get human assets on the surface it will be essential that this technology of terrain relative landing radar and site solution calculation will help insure replenishment and/or pre-positioning missions will be spot on target.

Too bad I don't have this in Kerbal Space Program yet.

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Response to Layzeebeaver (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:41 AM

6. Sir Arthur Clarke would be proud.

I never thought I'd see the day this type of landing would become reality.

This technology has opened the door to real exploration of our Solar System.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:41 AM

7. Incredible pics..


Can't wait to ride along with rover, see the country...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:39 PM

9. This was awesome to see!

Thank you for posting it.

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