high-definition pictures The width of the last 20 meters of the landing gear while its eight engines slowed the machine.
“You can see the dust flying off the car engines.”Adam Stelzner, chief engineering officer at Perseverance, who estimated that the image captures a moment when the spacecraft flew six feet above the ground.
The three parallel cables in the picture are mechanical brakes and the third curved end is a sensor for transmitting data from the camera to the device.
When the car hit the ground, 6.4 m cables were cut, which allowed independent descent.
Meanwhile, another published photo, taken by the MRO probe, captured the Perseverance landing moment just before landing. In the photo you can see the protection of the capsule, designed to enter the atmosphere and the supersonic parachute.
Perseverance also managed to make its first high-resolution images, an image showing the interior of Jizero Crater, where a river and lake stood billions of years ago, and another snapshot of one of its wheels on the rocky surface of Mars.
“One of the questions we’re going to ask ourselves first is whether these rocks are volcanic or originated from sediments,” said Katie Stack Morgan, deputy director of science projects for NASA.
Volcanic rocks have the specificity of their age and can be dated with high accuracy, once it is proven that they were brought to Earth, on a future mission, which is promising from a planetary science point of view.
The first pictures that arrived were “so exciting, our team got crazy”Said Chief Systems Operations, Pauline Hwang.
And he summarized, “The science team immediately started looking at the rocks and zooming in to say, ‘What is this? “It could not be better”.
The first two images were released Thursday shortly after the spacecraft landed on the surface of Mars, and they are low-resolution black and white images.
in the coming days NASA hopes for more high-resolution images and videos, But it is not yet known whether sounds from Mars have been successfully captured with the microphones equipped with Perseverance.
Stelzner estimated that this unknown may be known early next week.