In this illustration, NASA’s Perseverance rover gets its first look at the Martian surface below, after dropping its heat shield just under six minutes after entry into the Mars atmosphere. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
When the Perseverance landed on Mars, I watched it from work so I only did a quiet little happy dance.
Do you know who did NOT do a quiet little happy dance?
Alejandro Miguel San Martin- Alejandro has been a NASA engineer for over 35 years.
This is his FIFTH Mars landing.
I could watch him loving this moment in time over and over again.
I’ve posted the original video shot by his daughter because I like the little bio that she included.
The next time we land something on Mars let’s go hang out with Alejandro. I think we will have a blast.
A portion of the panorama captured by the Mastcam-Z camera system aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. The full panorama consists of 142 images taken on Feb. 21, 2021.
Alejandro Miguel San Martin, the chief engineer of four previous Mars landings had no choice but to turn his daughter’s childhood bedroom into a makeshift control room to monitor the NASA Perseverance landing.
At the Press conference today some of the scientists recommended slowing down the speed on the video as you watched the landing because there is so much information to take in. I don’t know how to do that, but I guess I’ll ask around and find out.
They also said the same thing about the pictures. Zoom in and just have fun with it.
This panorama, taken on Feb. 20, 2021, by the Navigation Cameras Perseverance Navcams 360-Degree Panorama
Navcam View of Perseverance’s Rover Deck
Mastcam-Z Looks at Its Calibration Target
This first image of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the many parts of the Mars 2020 mission landing system that got the rover safely on the ground.