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.Chargers Running back Austin Ekeler Gives Back To The Community
The Mastcam-Z is dual-camera system capable of zooming in, focusing, taking high-definition video, and capturing panoramic color and 3D images.READ MORE: Carlos Santana Cancels Several December Shows After Undergoing Unspecified Heart Procedure
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.MORE NEWS: MLB Owners Vote To Institute A Lockout After Failure To Agree To Terms With MLBPA
The panoramic image is just the second taken by the rover, which captured another panorama on Feb. 20 with its Navcams on its mast.