True footage of Perseverance's landing on Mars

The rover filmed its own landing on the sky crane and the rover itself from cameras.

True footage of Perseverance's landing on Mars

On February 18th, the NASA Perseverance rover took this video as a jetshot lowered it to the surface of the Red Planet. The film starts with a parachute on top of the rover, while the rover is in Martian mood. Seconds later, a camera reveals the heat shield to the ground on the rover's bottom. If you look at it carefully, you can see one of the springs which pushed the heat shield away from the rover come loose," said NASA engineer Allen Chen.

“There’s no danger to the spacecraft here, but it’s something we didn’t expect, and wouldn’t have seen” without the videos, he said.

The rover shot the ground, looking at a fluvial delta, craters, rips, and a broken surface closer and closer. Cameras on the rover top and bottom caught dust clouds as the rover jet pack, the sky crane, lowered it on three cables down to the earth. The rover swinging a little as it came down was seen by a camera on the sky crane. Finally, the heavenly crane disconnected and flew away from the cables and left Perseverance for its search.

The rover also recorded audio, with a Martian wind raise, from the Red Planet's surface for the first time.

Perseverance landed about two kilometers from a former lake bed called the Jezero crater, which looks like an ancient river delta, and fed the crater. The key purpose of the rover is to locate signs of the past and to store rock samples for a possible Earth mission.

The first pictures from Mars showed the wheels of Perseverance in a flawless scale. A news conference on February 19, Deputy Project scientist Katie Stack Morgan said that the field is strewn with rocks shot through with holes.

“Depending on the origins of the rocks, these holes could mean different things,” she said. The science team thinks the holes could be from gases escaping volcanic rock as lava cooled, or from fluid moving through the rock and dissolving it away. “Both would be equally exciting for the team.”