NASA releases stunning new video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

CATHERINE THORBECKE
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NASA released stunning new video for the first time Monday from its Perseverance rover's audacious landing on Mars last week.

The footage, shot from multiple cameras, captures the rover's entry, descent and landing on the red planet's Jezero Crater on Feb. 18.

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"This is the first time we’ve been able to actually capture an event like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars," Michael Watkins, the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said in a news conference Monday, adding that he hopes the video will bring viewers along on the journey.

PHOTO: This NASA photo released, Feb. 22, 2021, shows the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASAs Perseverance Mars rover captured in this view of the rovers deck on Feb. 20, 2021.  (NASA/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: This NASA photo released, Feb. 22, 2021, shows the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASAs Perseverance Mars rover captured in this view of the rovers deck on Feb. 20, 2021. (NASA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Watkins quipped that the team "binge watched" the new videos over the weekend, saying, "if you can call a one-minute video binge watching, but we watched it many, many times and it's really fantastic."

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021Your front-row seat to my Mars landing is here. Watch how we did it.#CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/Avv13dSVmQ

After unveiling the new footage at the news conference, Watkins said it "gives me goosebumps every time I see it."

PHOTO: This NASA photo released, Feb. 22, 2021, shows a panorama, taken on Feb. 20, 2021, by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASAs Perseverance Mars rover, stitched together from six individual images after they were sent back to Earth. (NASA/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: This NASA photo released, Feb. 22, 2021, shows a panorama, taken on Feb. 20, 2021, by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASAs Perseverance Mars rover, stitched together from six individual images after they were sent back to Earth. (NASA/AFP via Getty Images)

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The video captured the entire descent onto Mars, from the parachute inflation to its ultimate touchdown in the Jezero Crater. NASA said five cameras on three different parts of the spacecraft collected the imagery.

NASA also released imagery on Monday that features the 360-degree views from Perseverance of Mars' landscape.

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Finally, NASA released the first audio recordings of sounds from Mars, which picked up both mechanical noises from the rover but also the utterances of a Martian breeze.

Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover yet, will search for signs of ancient life on Mars.

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