The eyes of the whole world are on Perseverance, and Perseverance has not finished surprising us. Monday February 22, a step was taken. Behind the shrill sound of the robot’s nuclear machinery, the sound of the Martian wind was made audible to the human ear for the first time. It is a historic moment. “With this sound, we can already feel the meteorology. We feel gusts “, describes François Forget, planetologist at the CNRS.
Another great first: the video of the vehicle landing. Seven minutes of terror, as if we were there. Indeed, the robot spent its first weekend sending images and videos of Mars to teams at NASA, now able to offer the first film of an arrival on another planet. The robot made its entry into the atmosphere of Mars at a speed of 23,000 km / h, Perseverance landed in the G0 crater, in what was a now dry lake, with an accuracy of a few meters.
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