I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
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Do you mean it's a shame we didn't get to see something like this:... It's a shame we couldn't see the sky crane deploying and what not. ...
Yes - it's an actual photo of the rover being lowered onto the surface by the sky crane module ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/mars-rover-1st-close-up-photo-496df4eb54125512623959a7abe8e5c5Mars landing team ‘awestruck’ by photo of descending rover
The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface.
The photo was released less than 24 hours after the Perseverance rover successfully touched down near an ancient river delta, where it will search for signs of ancient life and set aside the most promising rock samples for return to Earth in a decade.
NASA equipped the spacecraft with a record 25 cameras and two microphones, many of which were turned on during Thursday’s descent.
The rover is shown in stunning detail just 6 1/2 feet (2 meters) off the ground, being lowered by cables attached to an overhead sky crane, the red dust kicked up by rocket engines. NASA promises more photos in the next few days and possibly also an audio recording of the descent. ...
“This is something that we’ve never seen before,” flight system engineer Aaron Stehura noted at a news conference. “It was stunning, and the team was awestruck. There’s just a feeling of victory that we were able to capture these and share it with the world.” ...