Perseverance Hardware One Day after Landing
Perseverance Hardware One Day after Landing
ESP_068294_1985  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This first HiRISE image of the Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars also shows many parts of the descent system that got it safely there. Each inset shows an area about 650 feet (200 meters) across. The rover itself sits at the center of a blast pattern created by the hovering skycrane (labeled as “descent stage”) that lowered it there. The skycrane flew off to crash as at a safe distance creating a V-shaped debris pattern that points back toward the rover it came from.

Earlier in the landing sequence, Perseverance jettisoned its heatshield and parachute which crashed in the separate locations illustrated.

These foreign objects on the surface of Mars are highly visible now but will become dustier with time and slowly fade into the background over years. HiRISE will continue to image the Perseverance landing site to track the progress of the rover and changes in the other pieces of hardware that accompanied it.

Written by: Shane Byrne  (1 March 2021)

Acquisition date
19 February 2021

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
276.5 km (171.9 miles)

Original image scale range
29.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~88 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
46°, with the Sun about 44° above the horizon

Solar longitude
6.1°, Northern Spring

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North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  349.5°
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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.