NASA’s Perseverance rover beams back first images from its wild landing

The first image showing Perseverance being lowered to the Martian surface by its rocket-powered Skycrane. | Photo: NASA/JPL

NASA just released a cache of tantalizing photos from its Perseverance rover after landing on Mars Thursday, with one showing the rover getting dropped off by the rocket-powered platform it used to gently descend on the Red Planet’s surface. Scientists are poring through hundreds of images and expect to release more — including videos and audio — in the coming days.

Photo: NASA/JPL

The first color image taken by Perseverance.

The SUV-sized Perseverance rover touched down at Mars’ Jezero crater at 3:55PM ET on Thursday, surviving a seven-month journey from Earth and a blazing hot, seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere. A jetpack called Skycrane gently lowered Perseverance to the ground on a set of…

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Author: Joey Roulette