The historic landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars has been captured, and will go down in the history books as another step for mankind.
The touchdown on Feb.18, 2021, when both the rover and its attached helicopter named Ingenuity, landed without a hitch.
Rover captured a video of the landing, called “How to Land on Mars” by NASA.
The Perseverance rover Twitter account shared the view, “Your front-row seat to my Mars landing is here. Watch how we did it.”
“This video of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in a statement.
“It should become mandatory viewing for young women and men who not only want to explore other worlds and build the spacecraft that will take them there, but also want to be part of the diverse teams achieving all the audacious goals in our future,” he said.
Images of Mars and data of the landing were relayed back to Earth by the Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the planet since 2006, reported Nine News.
Black-and-white images of the rover’s landing site were available almost immediately and the following day color photos were shared, also historic video of what it is like to land on Mars.
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021
“For those who wonder how you land on Mars—or why it is so difficult—or how cool it would be to do so—you need look no further,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk in a statement.
“Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet.”