(ORDO NEWS) — More than 13 months after the Perseverance rover landed on Mars (recall, this was February 18, 2021), its cameras finally noticed some parts of the Mars 2020 lander that delivered the rover to the Red Planet.
The parachute and hull were captured by Perseverance’s MastCam-Z just south of the rover’s current location. The image was taken on April 6, 2022.
Typically, at the beginning of a mission, the rover would make a short maneuver to take pictures of the remnants of the landing system. But Perseverance had to travel through dangerous terrain to get to a large area of the Jezero crater called South Seita – a long way.
However, the rover finally reached its goal. His parachute, recall, was dropped during landing so that Skycrane could lower the rover to the surface.
In the picture you can see the route map below, and below is an image taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing the location of the parachute and hull, as well as the rover and other landing items. The picture was taken a day after Perseverance landed.
This HiRISE image of the Perseverance rover on the Martian surface also shows many parts of the descent system. Each inset shows an area about 200 meters across.
The rover itself sits at the center of a funnel created by a hovering Skycrane that lowered it to the ground. The Skycrane then flew off and crashed at a safe distance, forming a V-shaped pattern of debris.
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