Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured thrilling footage of its rover landing in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover’s entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft’s descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface.

The audio embedded in the video comes from the mission control call-outs during entry, descent, and landing.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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61 Responses

  1. Scott Manley says:

    Great job to everyone involved, shame about the audio. We’ll just have to substitute Rick Astley again.

  2. Tractors Chemer says:


  3. Mark Rober says:

    What a time to be alive! Congratulations to NASA and JPL and humans!!!

  4. DeSinc says:

    actually seeing the skycrane booster platform hovering completely stable while it lowers the rover down to the surface was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever seen and it highlights how much work these guys put in to making every single detail run so smoothly like that completely automatically. seeing those extra 2 camera views to capture the manoeuvre was really everything I hoped it would be and more

  5. How Does it Really Work says:

    0:14 The pattern on the parachute is an “Easter egg” — decoded, it says “DARE MIGHTY THINGS” and gives the coordinates of JPL.

    • Guninder Sidhu says:

      How do u decode that?

    • How Does it Really Work says:

      @Guninder Sidhu There are four rings of 80 segments each. Read the four circles clockwise, beginning with the white segments after the large red group in the center.
      red = 1, white = 0; Each group of 10 bits is a character; the code is A=1, B=2, …

      There is a thread on twitter with pictures and detailed explanations.

  6. majbrit christensen says:

    So amazing. I followed this “live” = 10 minutes delayed. But seeing it here is stunning. Again. No words.

  7. Даниил Кириллов says:

    Watching it 10th time have noticed a funny little detail how the rover cutely deployed it’s weels seconds before touchdown

  8. Shawn Gill says:

    So this is what living in history feels like.

  9. Casus Belli says:

    Speechless…. one has to admire the genius and dedication of the NASA peoples.

  10. Warped Perception says:

    Congratulations to NASA, JPL and all the engineers who put the hard a** work into this mission and the Rover! Thank you all and thanks for all the extra camera angles! That was amazing.

  11. Sir. Santiago says:

    This has to be one of the most incredible things I have witnessed in my entire life. I’m so glad I’m alive right now

  12. Митя Анци says:

    Это было круто, молодцы!

  13. SIC PARVIS MAGNA says:

    Placing my mark on this incredible and history piece of memory…..

  14. Ayush Jasuja says:

    Imagine if future “we” are the aliens visiting earth all this while for something

  15. andretrevel says:

    Навіть не віриться, що ми це бачимо вживу!!!!
    Неймовірно! Нереально! І трохи фантастично!
    Дякую усім причетним до цього…

    • Максим Елькин says:

      Просто фантастика , как же это невероятно ! Робот на ДРУГОЙ ПЛАНЕТЕ , ЗА МИЛЛИОНЫ КИЛЛОМЕТРОВ РАБОТАЕТ НА НАШЕ БЛАГО ! А его жизнь мы как стрим смотрим

  16. Dxb Bred says:

    Crazy how it looks like a desert here on Earth for the most part, can’t wait to hear about the soil samples

  17. Jan Vary says:

    im gonna leave my comment here so that i could remeber when im older that i was here, watching this

  18. no4h says:

    isn’t it crazy how smart people are like bruh all the people involved in this are complete geniuses

  19. Dark Magician says:

    Aliens are probably saying “look it’s a ufo!”

  20. Mitoni says:

    Seeing HD video captured on another planet is a surreal experience.

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