Video: Official Real-Time Footage Of The Mars Landing Is Here

A couple days ago there was a fake video going viral of the Perseverance landing, but now we have the real deal as seen above. 

Blows my mind that there are engineers out there who can sort out zillions of calculations to land rovers on other planets and - bonus - transmit the footage back to Earth for us to watch, and I sit here struggling to write a blog about butts some days. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. 

Though humans have been landing equipment there since the '70s, it's only the second time we've got landing visuals & the first time we've got audio recordings from the planet as well. 

The footage from high-definition cameras aboard the spacecraft starts 7 miles (11 kilometers) above the surface, showing the supersonic deployment of the most massive parachute ever sent to another world, and ends with the rover’s touchdown in the crater.

A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20. About 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.

You can listen to Mars HERE

Despite understanding next to nothing about science & space I could look at this footage all day… Congrats to everyone involved. 

Now back to my usual programming: