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Perseverance rover takes its first color photos of Mars

One of the photographs shows the surface of Mars in very soft yellow tones in which the shadow of a part of the Perseverance robotic vehicle and the horizon can be seen

| 02/19/2021 | ionicons-v5-c18: 32 | . |

Miami, Florida.- The robotic vehicle Perseverance, which landed this Thursday in the Jezero crater of Mars, took the first color photographs of the surface of the Red planet released this Friday by the US space agency POT.

The high-resolution images were taken moments before the dangerous landing of Perseverance, a robot He will spend at least two years in Jezero Crater, examining the planet’s geology, collecting samples, and looking for signs of ancient life.

One of the Photographs shows the surface of the Red planet with very soft yellow tones in which the shadow of a part of the « rover » and the horizon can be seen.

« This shot from a camera on my jetpack captures me in the air, just before my wheels landed, » he says. Perseverance on his Twitter account.

« The moment my team dreamed of for years is now a reality, » he adds.

It is the same image released on Thursday in black and white, but now in its color version.

The POT He also showed at a press conference another image, with yellow tones, of the Martian soil, where you can see the terrain and especially some rocks « with many holes » that « are not common », according to scientists.

The experts of the POT they pointed out that these small rocks could be volcanic.

They added that what is seen so far in the images is quite flat, which, they said, was a great relief for the dangerous landing maneuver of Perseverance, which yesterday Thursday had to reduce the speed from 20,000 kilometers per hour to zero in just seven minutes.

The first photos were also taken with the transparent protective covers that the space vehicle cameras still have, a total of 25, including two installed on the small Ingenuity helicopter, an aircraft weighing less than two kilos.

The photos, the scientists pointed out, come from the so-called « Hazcams » that seek to avoid dangers during the movement of the vehicle.

Adam Steltzner, chief engineer of the PerseveranceHe explained today that once the helicopter is operational, which is expected to be the first to make a flight on another planet, it will be able to take photos and videos of the space vehicle, and vice versa.

The Perseverance, which still remains in the place where it landed on Thursday, with its rear facing what is supposed to be the delta of a river, will have the task of gradually testing its instruments in the coming days.

For now, scientists are analyzing the first images of the delta that they hope will be rich in sediment and possibly volcanic rocks.

Jezero crater was chosen by the POT because it is believed that it was a lake into which a river flowed and therefore can be rich in fossil microorganisms.

The POT further noted that the two microphones of the Perseverance have not yet recorded the sounds of Mars, but they will soon.