The Descent of NASA’s Perseverance Rover
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The Descent of NASA’s Perseverance Rover
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The Mars 2020 descent stage holding NASA’s Perseverance rover can be seen falling through the Martian atmosphere, its parachute trailing behind, in this image taken on 18 February 2021. The ancient river delta, which is the target of the Perseverance mission, can be seen entering Jezero Crater from the left.

HiRISE was approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Perseverance at the time of the image and traveling at about 3 kilometers per second (6,750 mph). The extreme distance and high speeds of the two spacecraft were challenging conditions that required precise timing and for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to both pitch upward and roll hard to the left so that Perseverance was viewable by HiRISE at just the right moment.

Written by: Shane Byrne  (19 February 2021)
 
Acquisition date
18 February 2021

Local Mars time
15:14

Latitude (centered)
18.261°

Longitude (East)
77.389°

Spacecraft altitude
268.3 km (166.8 miles)

Original image scale range
69.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~209 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
72.2°

Phase angle
43.5°

Solar incidence angle
50°, with the Sun about 40° above the horizon

Solar longitude
5.6°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  83°
Sub-solar azimuth:  40.8°
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Black & white is 5 km across
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POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.