Entry, Descent…in the thin Martian atmosphere, the powered descent is crucial in nailing that perfect touchdown…as it levels out and slows to a speed of less than 2 miles per hour, the Skycrane Maneuver initiates. It would only take 12 seconds to precisely lowers Perseverance rover on a set of cables of about 21 feet, lock its legs and wheels into landing position. And as soon it feels the Martian soil, tether cables cuts and let’s go it powered descent stage to fly and say a “great goodbye” to safe distance.
No other word to describe this execution. Years of knowledge from previous Mars mission, amazing innovation and synchronization in its finest. “Clock work” as they say. Yes, it is fair to say. But, I prefer a masterpiece. If you were on Mars and experience its landing on-site, it would be like a “sky ballet”.
1 Sol old
Currently on Jezero crater, Mars… located 18.4447°N 77.4508°E and approximately 34 hours old. In a cold and hostile environment. Perseverance rover would soon stand on its name and drive on the perfect spot to search for signs of life on Mars.
What’s next ?
NASA’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, just phoned home and is doing well. Under the belly of Perseverance, tucked in a 7 month journey, well protected during Entry, Descent and landing appears to be looking great.
“There are two big-ticket items we are looking for in the data: the state of charge of Ingenuity’s batteries as well as confirmation the base station is operating as designed, commanding heaters to turn off and on to keep the helicopter’s electronics within an expected range,” said Tim Canham, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter operations lead at JPL. “Both appear to be working great. With this positive report, we will move forward with tomorrow’s charge of the helicopter’s batteries.”
Looking forward to exciting sols
Here are some of the recent photos shared by Perseverance. Taken fresh from the surface of Mars.
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