NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an interactive 360-degree view of Perseverance’s landing site on Mars in 4K resolution. These are the last amazing images to return from the mission, including that incredible video of the rover sinking through the Martian atmosphere before being “blown through the sky” to the surface of the red planet.
The 60-second video was captured by Perseverance’s color Navcams mounted on a detection mast above the rover. The 360 degree scene can be navigated in a browser or in the YouTube app on your phone. The images were captured on February 20, two days after Perseverance landed in Jezero Crater.
Perseverance has a total of 23 cameras, the most of any Mars rover to date: 16 for engineering and science and another seven that recorded those dramatic entrance, decent, and landing images. Audio captured at the landing site by Perseverance’s microphones has also been posted to NASA’s Soundcloud account.
NASA’s Perseverance mission has already released a total of 4,796 raw images to date. Perseverance is capable of transmitting data at speeds of up to 2 Mbps at orbiter overhead. The Mars orbiters then transmit the data to Earth using much larger antennas and more powerful transmitters. Video of the vehicle descending to the surface amounted to approximately 30GB of stitched images.
The Perseverance rover is designed to look for signs of life and better understand the ancient geology of Mars. You will spend at least one year on Mars (two Earth years) exploring the area around the landing site.