Nasa releases video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

Figcaption Nasa Releases Video Of Perseverance Rover Landing On Mars
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Nasa has unveiled a first-of-its-kind video of its car-sized rover Perseverance making its sensational landing on Mars, and released the first audio recorded on the surface of the red planet.

The American space agency shared the footage on Monday, days after the spacecraft made its dramatic descent to the Martian surface.

The robotic vehicle sailed through space for nearly seven months, covering 293m miles (472m km) before piercing the Martian atmosphere at 12,000mph (19,000km/h) to begin its approach to touchdown on Mars, with the help of a parachute, booster rockets and a sky crane.

Perseverance – fondly known as Percy – landed with “eyes open” taking images of the surface to choose its landing spot. Weighing more than a tonne, it landed nearly in the middle of the landing zone inside the 28 mile-wide (45km) Jezero crater north of the planet’s equator, which billions of years ago is believed to have housed a Martian lake bed.

Nasa scientists also shared – for the very first time – the sounds of Mars, a feat never achieved before on another world.

Now that you’ve seen Mars, hear it. Grab some headphones and listen to the first sounds captured by one of my microphones.

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