NASA has released the first video of Mars capturing the relentless rover touching the red planet, and has released the first audio recording recorded on Mars surface.
The rover recorded an 18-minute video as it landed on Earth on February 18, the first time such a video had been taken.
The parachute is deployed for landing and the rover is slowly approaching the landing below the surface of Mars and the surface is rapidly interrupted before the dust can touch the bottom.
The agency also released audio recordings of the first sounds recorded from the surface of Mars.
A microphone on the rover blew a wind on the red planet and captured the sounds of relentless effort.
The agency also released new images of the rover on the surface of Mars.
A panoramic view of the Earth from the landing point shows a red rocky surface with mountains and a delta visible in the distance.
The rover, which exploded from Earth last July, entered the atmosphere of Mars and was on its way to the surface of the “seven-minute terror”.
News of the safe landing took more than 11 minutes to reach Earth and arrived just before 9pm (GMT) on Thursday.
The rover – a car-sized scientific laboratory – seeks out signs of ancient life and explores and collects samples from various environments on Mars for future returns to Earth.
Relentless efforts will bring samples from Mars to Earth to find traces of ancient microbes in the coming years and pave the way for future human visitors.
Scientists know that Jessero was the site of a large lake 3.5 billion years ago.
They believe the water has been around for a long time, and evidence can be found somewhere in the crater, some 610 meters away, that there may have been life there.
The relentless effort will use its drill to collect rock and soil samples and store samples of tubes on Mars’ surface in preparation for a return mission to bring about 30 samples to Earth in the early 2030s.
The astronauts will also experiment with technologies that will enable them to make future explorations to Mars.
This includes testing a methodology to produce oxygen from Mars’ atmosphere, identifying other resources such as surface water, and improving landing methods.
They also include weather and other environmental conditions affecting future astronauts living and working on Mars. – PA