According to foreign media reports, after successfully arriving on Mars last week, NASA's "willpower" rover finally has a chance to take a breath and enjoy the red planet.On Monday local time, NASA released new images and videos from Mars, including a spectacular panorama showing the probe's new home, Jezero crater.
The panorama consists of six images taken by the aircraft's navigation camera on February 20, 2021. It shows a vast, dusty and rocky landscape. The crater was once home to a lake, and the rover will look for signs of ancient microbial life in the area.
"Landing on Mars is full of tension, drama and noise. Then, as the dust settles: serenity and grandeur, "the willpower team wrote in a panoramic video posted on twitter on Monday.
In addition, NASA released an amazing video of the landing process and audio collected from the surface of Mars by the microphone on the probe. In addition, the agency shared some other interesting photos, including the deck and loading arm of the rover.
It's worth noting that after a dusty landing, the willpower looked very clean. Currently, NASA is examining the system and preparing for ground operations, which will eventually include landing the experimental ingenuity helicopter and collecting samples.
NASA also released another noteworthy photo. This image is not from the probe itself, but from the HiRISE camera of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
This photo shows the willpower parachute and shell, the descent phase, the rover itself and the waste heat shield that protects the rover as it passes through the atmosphere. MRO's long-range view is a perfect contrast between the panorama and close-up of willpower.