NASA’s Perseverance rover beams back first images from its wild landing

NASA’s Perseverance rover beams back first images from its wild landing


The first image showing Perseverance being lowered to the Martian surface by its rocket-powered Skycrane. | Photo: NASA/JPL

NASA just released a cache of tantalizing photos from its Perseverance rover after landing on Mars Thursday, with one showing the rover getting dropped off by the rocket-powered platform it used to gently descend on the Red Planet’s surface. Scientists are poring through hundreds of images and expect to release more — including videos and audio — in the coming days.

Photo: NASA/JPL

The first color image taken by Perseverance.

The SUV-sized Perseverance rover touched down at Mars’ Jezero crater at 3:55PM ET on Thursday, surviving a seven-month journey from Earth and a blazing hot, seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere. A jetpack called Skycrane gently lowered Perseverance to the ground on a set of…

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