NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an interactive 360-degree view of the Perseverance landing site on Mars in 4K resolution. It’s the latest stunning visual to return from the mission, including the incredible video of the rover plummeting through the Martian atmosphere before being “curved skyward” onto the surface of the red planet.
The 60-second video was recorded by Perseverance’s color navcams, which are located on a sensor mast above the rover. The 360-degree scene can be navigated in a browser or in the YouTube app on your phone or 4K smart TV. The images were taken on February 20, two days after Persistence landed in Jezero Crater.
Perseverance has a total of 23 cameras, most of all previous Mars rovers: 16 for technology and science and a further seven that recorded these dramatic images of entry, decency and landing. Audio recorded by Perseverance’s microphones at the landing pad was also posted to NASA’s Soundcloud account.
NASA image showing the location of the two-tone navcams. Image: NASA
NASA’s Perseverance mission has already published a total of 4,796 raw images. Perseverance allows data to be transferred to the orbiter’s overbit at speeds of up to 2 Mbit / s. The Mars orbiters then feed the data back to Earth with their much larger antennas and more powerful transmitters. The video of the vehicle descending to the surface was around 30GB of stitched images.
The Perseverance Rover was designed to find signs of life and better understand the ancient geology of Mars. It will spend at least one Mars year (two Earth years) exploring the area around the landing site.