It’s impossible not to be impressed by what these people can do. Now they’ve, as expected, flown a small helicopter on Mars.
So. fucking. cool!
Here’s a really nice recap of the flying itself by Space.com:
I saw the live stream, and it was an amazing experience. The team’s reactions was pure happiness. 😊
As promised, there would be much more information on Monday, and here are some really cool stuff.
Descent and touchdown:
First 360° Panoramic view of mars from the rover where you can use to mouse to look around:
Here’s a more static video of the same thing:
Even more 360° goodness with more information:
First sounds (wind) from Mars:
Mission experts monday update (note: it’s almost 2 hours long):
A big day, Perseverance Rover is landing on Mars. Just a few minutes now and it’ll enter the Mars atmosphere.
The featured image for this post is Perseverance’s first low-res image taken just seconds after landing.
There’s so much going on when it comes to space nowadays. Mars news in particular are interesting now, since Mars is at its closest to earth.
Atlas V, Perseverance, and Ingenuity
The next generation of robot explorers to Mars had a lift-off today on a Atlas V rocket, and it went really well. It’s a really long trip, and they expect the robot rover, Perseverance, to land on Mars Feb. 18 2021. Here’s an overview video from NASA JPL of the launch:
Everything you need to know about NASA Mars 2020 can be found here. The full video of today’s launch can be seen here.
As I’m typing this, Russian Roscosmos just launched a Proton-M rocket carrying two satellites, Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103. Here’s the full video (in Russian, but the on-screen text after launch is also in english), for that mission:
SpaceX Crew Dragon
Tomorrow night (August 1. 23:15 CET), the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle will return to earth with the astronauts Bob & Doug. I will follow that too, and this is the link to the official NASA stream:
Arianespace will also send up a couple of satellites in orbit on July 31, and they will start their transmission (in English/French) around 23:00. This link is for the English version: