By CBSLA Staff

PASADENA (CBSLA) — NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, has beamed back a high-definition panoramic image of the Red Planet, the first since touching down on Feb. 18.

The 360-degree panorama was beamed back to Earth by the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument. It was stitched together from 142 images and reveals the crater rim and cliff face of an ancient river delta in the distance, according to NASA.

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The Mastcam-Z is dual-camera system capable of zooming in, focusing, taking high-definition video, and capturing panoramic color and 3D images.

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Perseverance’s cameras will help scientists back on Earth assess the geologic history and atmospheric conditions of Mars’ Jezero Crater. They will also assist in identifying rocks and sediment that warrant a closer look by the rover’s other instruments or a trip to Earth for closer examination.

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The panoramic image is just the second taken by the rover, which captured another panorama on Feb. 20 with its Navcams on its mast.