NASA released video on Feb. 22 from its Perseverance rover, showing the successful Mars landing for the first time.
- [INAUDIBLE] indicates chute deployed.
- The navigation has confirmed that the parachute has deployed, and we are seeing significant deceleration in the velocity. Our current velocity is [AUDIO OUT] meters per second at an altitude of about 12 kilometers from the surface of Mars.
- Heat shields up.
- Perseverance has now slowed to subsonic speeds, and the heat shield has been separated. This allows both the radar and the cameras to get their first look at the surface. Current velocity is 145 meters per second at an altitude of about 9 and 1/2 kilometers above the surface.
- Back shell set.
- Current velocity is 83 meters per second at about 2.6 kilometers from the surface of Mars. We have confirmation that the back shell has separated. We have started our constant velocity accordion, which means we are conducting the skycrane-- about to conduct the skycrane maneuver. Skycrane maneuver has started. About 20 meters off the surface.
- We're getting signals from MRL.
- Tango delta.
- Touchdown confirmed. Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the sands of past life.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]