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CAP CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the huge orange and white parachute opening and red dust rising as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface

The quality was so good – and the images so stunning – that the rover team members said they felt like they were driving

“It gives me goosebumps every time I see it, just amazing,” said Dave Gruel, entry and descent camera team leader

The Perseverance rover landed near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater last Thursday to look for signs of ancient microscopic life After spending the weekend watching the descent and landing video, the team from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shared the video at a press conference

“These videos and images are part of our dreams,” said Al Chen, landing team manager

Six standard cameras were dedicated for entry, descent, and landing, looking up and down from different angles All cameras except one worked The only microphone activated for landing failed, but NASA received some snippets of sound after touchdown: the roar of the rover’s systems and the gusts of wind

Flight controllers were delighted with the thousands of images returned – and also with the very good condition of the rover.It will spend the next two years exploring the drained river delta and drilling into rocks that may contain evidence of life 3 to 4 billion years ago Carrot samples will be set aside for return to Earth in a decade

NASA added 25 cameras to the $ 3 billion mission – the most ever sent to Mars The space agency’s previous rover, Curiosity of 2012, only handled choppy and grainy frame-by-frame images, mostly ground Curiosity Still Works The same goes for NASA’s InSight lander, though hampered by dusty solar panels

Deputy Project Manager Matt Wallace said he was inspired several years ago to film the heart-wrenching descent of Perseverance when his young gymnast girl carried a camera while performing a backflip

Watch the video “I think you will feel like you get a glimpse of what it would be like to manage to land in Jezero Crater with persistence,” he said

Thomas Zurbuchen, head of the NASA science mission, said the video as well as the post-landing panoramic views “are the closest to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit”

The images will help NASA prepare for astronaut flights to Mars in decades to come, engineers say

“I know this has been a tough year for everyone,” said Justin Maki, imaging scientist, “and we hope these images maybe help brighten people’s days”

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