Post reshared from: https://mashable.com, Hi from Mars! Wish you were here!These new views of Mars captured by NASA’s Perseverance wouldn’t be out of place on a postcard. Space watchers who have grown accustomed to close-ups of rover tracks and laser-zapped Mars rocks get a much more expansive look at the Red Planet in these new images.
All of the images were captured by the right and left “Navcams” (navigation cameras), which also serve the purpose of helping the autonomous Perseverance find its way around. There’s nothing in particular of note in the newly captured images, beyond them being visuals from a planet that no human has ever visited (no big deal). Perseverance completed its seven-month journey to Mars back in February, with a dramatic descent to the surface on Feb. 18 that made it NASA’s fifth rover to arrive there. This one came with an extra-special package in the form of Ingenuity, a remote-operated mini-copter. Perseverance initially spent some time monitoring Ingenuity’s spate of flight tests, but the rover’s actual mission — what it’s doing now — is to hunt for signs of past life and gather samples for future study back on Earth.
NASA intends for Perseverance to stay on top of its primary mission for at least one Martian year, or 687 days. That means it’s expected to be running, and beaming back data, until at least Jan. 2023. The rover regularly sends back batches of Mars looks, which NASA’s team diligently uploads to an image gallery dedicated to its findings. Source: Read More