NASA has just released new video of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover’s entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, while a microphone captured the first audio recording of sounds from the surface. As you can see, from the moment of parachute inflation, the camera system covers the entirety of the descent process into Mars’ Jezero Crater. The high-definition footage starts at approximately 7-miles above the surface, showing the supersonic deployment of its massive parachute. Read more for the video and audio recordings.
Although the microphone attached to the rover did not gather usable data during the descent, it did survive the treacherous descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20. If you listen closely, at 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is can be heard for a few seconds, along with mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.
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