/ 23 February 2021

Mars ‘the stuff of our dreams’

NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded what it is like to land on Mars with the space agency releasing a series of videos, images and audio files. Kitted out with microphones and 20 of the most advanced camerasever used on a Mars mission, more than 20,000 images were downloaded over the weekend – including the first ever images of a rover’s landing. Perseverance (which is essentially a 6-wheeled robot) is the 5th NASA rover to successfully land on Mars since 1997 and is tasked with exploring whether life existed there. Rock samples will also be collected and left on Mars until space agencies work out how to bring them back to Earth at the end of the 2020s. Until then, enjoy the images and videos described by NASA as “the stuff of our dreams”.

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