Flight over the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing site

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This video shows Jezero crater, the landing site of the @NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on the Red Planet, based on images from ESA’s Mars Express mission. The planned landing area is marked with an orange ellipse.

Scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 30 July 2020 on board an Atlas V rocket, the Perseverance rover will land on 18 February 2021 in Jezero crater.

An impact crater with a diameter of about 45 km, Jezero is located at the rim of the giant Isidis impact basin. Morphological evidence suggests that the crater once hosted a lake, some 3.5 billion years ago.

Jezero possesses an inlet- and an outlet channel. The inlet channel discharges into a fan-delta deposit, containing water-rich minerals such as smectite clays. Scientists believe that the lake was relatively long lived because the delta may have required 1 to 10 million years to reach its thickness and size. Other studies conclude that the lake did not experience periods of important water-level fluctuations and that it was formed by a continuous surface runoff. This makes Jezero crater to a prime target for the search for potential signs of microbial life, because organic molecules are very well preserved in river deltas and lake sediments.

A recent study of the ancient lakeshores, diverse minerals and violent volcanism of Jezero crater based on data from ESA’s Mars Express mission is available here: https://bit.ly/MarsExpressHelpsUncoverTheSecretsOfPerseveranceLandingSite

The animation was created using an image mosaic made from four single orbit observations obtained by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on Mars Express between 2004 and 2008. The mosaic combines data from the HRSC nadir and colour channels; the nadir channel is aligned perpendicular to the surface of Mars, as if looking straight down at the surface. The mosaic image was then combined with topography information from the stereo channels of HRSC to generate a three-dimensional landscape, which was then recorded from different perspectives, as with a movie camera, to render the flight shown in the video.

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Animation: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Music: Björn Schreiner
Soundtrack logo: Alicia Neesemann

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11 Comments

  1. Meraviglia.😍Una richiesta: Al termine dei video, è' possibile comparare la misura del cratere, del Mare,… lunare o di altro Pianeta da voi studiato e condiviso, con la misura di un Continente, di un Paese, … terrestre? Per avere un paragone: è grande come … . Grazie e Buona Ricerca.👍👏

  2. A cratera concava foi escolhida para a aterragem do robô Perseverança (um nome muito adequado) … que nos vai comunicar a lupa Marte!! Tudo é/foi estudado ao milimetro com rigor e trabalho exaustivo, complexo desenvolvido ao longo do tempo para culminar com sucesso todas as ambições e expectativas!! Um vídeo minucioso!!

  3. why do you think about the lake was with water and not volcanic because the channel could have remained from the flow of lava. magnetite, mixing with quartz in the air, can simply settle as dust, having already turned into a red color. whether there is even a little bit of water, it doesn't get confused, therefore the water has no chance against them

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