NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an interactive 360-degree view of the landing site Perseverance on Mars in 4K resolution. It’s the latest jaw-dropping image returning from the mission, including the incredible video of the rover crashing through the Martian atmosphere before being “skycraned” down to the surface of the red planet.
The 60-second video was taken by Perseverance’s color Navcams perched on top of a sensor mast above the rover. The 360-degree scene can be navigated in a browser or in the YouTube app on your phone. The photos were taken on February 20, two days after endurance landed in the Jezero crater.
Endurance has a total of 23 cameras, the most of any Mars rover to date: 1
NASA’s endurance mission has already published a total of 4,796 raw images to date. Endurance is capable of transmitting data at speeds up to 2 Mbps to orbiter overhead. Mars orbiters then transmit the data back to Earth using their much larger antennas and more powerful transmitters. The video of the vehicle falling to the surface amounted to approx. 30 GB images stitched together.
Perseverance Rover is designed to search for signs of life and better understand Mars’ ancient geology. It will take at least one year of Mars (two Earth years) to explore the area around the landing site.