Watch NASA’s first video of a touchdown on Mars with Rover Perseverance
NASA on Monday released a unique video of a spacecraft landing on another planet when multiple cameras captured their Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars.
The US space agency landed Perseverance on the red planet last week after traveling from Earth to more than six months.
The Perseverance rover was built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and is the most technologically advanced robot ever sent to Mars. The agency plans to spend nearly two years on the plutonium-powered endurance exploring the surface. NASA spent around $ 2.4 billion to build and launch the Perseverance mission. Another 300 million US dollars to land and operate the rover on the surface of Mars.
Perseverance also has a small helicopter called Ingenuity with which NASA plans to attempt the first flight on another planet.
Engineers observe the first test drive for NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover in a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on December 17, 2019.
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The rover, about the size of a small car, weighs about a ton and is 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 7 feet high. It has a robotic arm that reaches about seven feet, the end of which has a robotic hand that has a camera, chemical analyzer, and rock drill. Perseverance is powered by nuclear power and has a plutonium generator supplied by the US Department of Energy to generate power for its pair of lithium-ion batteries.
Perseverance traveled 293 million miles to reach Mars after launching from Florida on July 30 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
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