NASA’s rover was spotted on the surface of Mars by an elevated camera, on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.
On February 23, the ExoMars orbiter, a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the state-run Roscosmos Foundation for Russia’s space activities, captured an image of Mars showing a small pale dot – perseverance – on Earth below. Released From the European Space Agency On February 25, the image also shows the parachute and back cover of the rover, the heat shield and the missile-powered landing stage, all of which were essential for the safe landing of Perseverance on February 18.
ExoMars also played a role in Awesome landing tenacity In Jezero Crater, the important data gets transferred to Land European Space Agency representatives said in a statement that this showed the rover’s progress.
The orbiter ESA-Roscosmos reached Mars five years before perseverance, on October 19, 2016. Its scientific apparatus is sampling and analyzing particles in the Martian atmosphere, so that scientists can understand how atmospheric gases appear in very small quantities, such as methane, may indicate To biological or geological activity on distant planets, According to the European Space Agency.
ExoMars also carries cameras, and the Stereo and Color Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) photographed persistence from an altitude of about 249 miles (400 kilometers). The image is a snapshot of all the stages it took perseverance during its descent, after the spacecraft dropped its naval stage.
The rear, a small white dot to the far left of the image, fired small bursts during the initial landing to keep it in its trajectory. According to NASA. Next to the back cover in the photo is another white point: The umbrella of perseverance. They were deployed when the rover slowed to below 1,000 mph (1,600 km / h). As soon as the parachute opened, the heat shield detached and fell to the ground; This shield appears in the photo as a dark spot on the far right.
Perseverance then dumped the parachute, and the engines fired on the landing stage. As soon as the rover landed, the conductive cables snapped, and the landing stage took off to descend far from persevering. Pictured as a dark spot midway between the rover, the parachute and the back cover.
“The probe will continue to provide data transfer support between Earth and Mars for NASA surface missions,” the European Space Agency statement said. ExoMars will also play a supporting role when the European Rosalind Franklin spacecraft and Russia’s Kazachok surface platform reach Mars in 2023.
As Elton John sang in “Rocketman”, He’s Alone in Space. But on Mars, at least, our robotic ambassadors on Earth and in orbit can keep their “eyes” on each other.
Originally published on Live Science.