Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z imaging system captured this 360-degree panorama at “Van Zyl Overlook,” where the rover parked during Ingenuity helicopter’s first flights. The full 2.4-billion-pixel panorama consists of 992 images stitched together. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS The six-wheeled scientist is heading south to explore Jezero Crater’s lakebed in search of signs of ancient […]

One of the wind sensors aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover can be seen deploying from the mast in this image taken on Mar. 1, 2021, the 10th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The sensor is part of a suite of weather sensors called MEDA. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Perseverance’s MEDA […]

The MEDLI2 hardware is visible on the Mars 2020 heat shield as the heat shield falls toward the surface of Mars. The critical MEDLI2 electronics, two of the seven heat shield pressure transducers; these measure the stagnation pressure during the hypersonic and supersonic phases of flight, and one of the […]

This rock, called “Máaz” (the Navajo word for “Mars”), is the first feature of scientific interest to be studied by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Working with the Navajo Nation, the rover team has named features on Marswith words from the Navajo language. The first scientific focus of NASA’s Perseverance rover […]

Illustration of the Mars Perseverance Rover using its SuperCam instrument to laser zap a rock in order to test what it’s made of. Credit: NASA Data from the powerful science tool includes sounds of its laser zapping a rock in order to test what it’s made of. The first readings […]

In this illustration, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet’s surface as NASA’s Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The technology demonstration has phoned home from where it is attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

This is the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on February 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s latest and most complex mission to the Red Planet has touched down at […]

NASA’s Perseverance rover fires up its descent stage engines as it nears the Martian surface in this illustration. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech All landings on Mars are difficult, but NASA’s Perseverance rover is attempting to touch down in the most challenging terrain on Mars ever targeted. The intense entry, descent, and landing phase, known as […]

This illustration shows the events that occur in the final minutes of the nearly seven-month journey that NASA’s Perseverance rover takes to Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land on Mars safely on February 18, 2021. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   ENLARGE Entry, […]