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Front-row view | Tense final moments of Perseverance rover’s descent to Mars

RT, 23 Feb 2021
Footage of the tense final moments of NASA landing its Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars has been released by the US space agency, with the clip capturing incredible details of the Red Planet’s rugged terrain. The rover touched safely down on February 18 after a 300-million-mile voyage from Earth to start its mission to search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars.

Cameras on board began filming the rover once it entered the Martian upper atmosphere, just moments before its parachute – a 70.5-foot-wide (21.5-meter-wide) canopy – deployed to slow its descent to around 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour).

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