Is there life on Mars? We may be miles away from an answer, but there have been some major breakthroughs in space: U.S space agency NASA has released the first high-quality video of its spacecraft known as Percy landing on the orange dusty surface of Mars.
It is, quite literally, out of this world.
Footage released by NASA shows their spacecraft successfully landing in a massive crater, near an ancient river delta to search for signs of microscopic life. It plunged down to the orange planet, with a huge orange and white parachute bursting open to lower the exploration rover down.
Associated Press reported that Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s science mission chief, said the video and also the panoramic views following touchdown “are the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit.”
All but one of the six cameras fitted onto the rover for landing worked. Nonetheless, members of the rover team were so enthralled by the quality of the video sent back to Earth, they said they felt like they were there.
“It gives me goosebumps every time I see it, just amazing,” said Dave Gruel, head of the entry and descent camera team.
Percy will spend the next two years exploring the crater, drilling rocks and tackling samples back to Earth in a decade.
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