NASA released an amazing video showing Mars in incredible detail.
Below is footage of a mosaic measuring 2.5 billion pixels. It was captured by Perseverance (the NASA rover) which landed on the red-colored planet in stunning fashion in February 2021. This is the most detailed ever view of the distant planet. It’s composed of 1,118 images taken by Perseverance with his two Mastcam Z cameras. The color has been enhanced to increase the visual contrast and highlight any color differences. NASA claims that this allows its scientists to better interpret the landscape.
This image depicts the scene at the edge of the river delta in Jezero Crater. It was once filled with water 3.5 billion years back, but is now dry.
Rachel Kronyak, a Perseverance science operations team member, provides commentary on the stunning panorama. She draws attention to the various points of interest that have emerged through the rover’s explorations.
These include the distinctive, layered rock formations that are at the top 32-foot high delta cliffs. You can also see how some of the rocks have been eroded and tumbled to their bottom.
Be on the lookout for the “balanced” rock, too. It rests precariously on top of a larger rock halfway up the cliff. Also, the tracks of the rover’s tires that run across the dusty planet’s surface.
Kronyak describes how Perseverance has been safely storing and drilling rock samples in order to find out if Mars ever had life. This is a crucial part of the mission.
Scientists will return the collected material to Earth via another mission, so they can analyze it with advanced analytical tools. This will give us a better understanding of whether or not there was life. This breakthrough could lead to more knowledge about the origins of life on Earth.
Ingenuity, a small drone-like device that aids in perseverance during the mission, is helping to support Perseverance. The machine became history in April 2013 when it was the first to fly controlled, powered on another planet. It has since made more than 30 flights, each with varying levels of complexity. Perseverance’s ground-based rover has been made more efficient by aerial images taken by Ingenuity’s camera.
Engineers are now planning to make more advanced versions of the aircraft for interplanetary missions.