NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover is collaborating with Google to share a collection of its photos captured on Mars. “There’s no better landscape photographer than a Mars rover. So here’s a fun little thought experiment: What if @NASAPersevere used Google Photos to keep track of all 125,000+ pics it’s taken on Mars in the last six months?” read a post on Google’s official twitter handle.
The rover retweeted the same with a quote, asking users to vote their favourites. “When you’re in a new land, you can’t help but take lots of pictures. In my six months as a Martian resident, I’ve built up quite a collection. See all my photos here, and even upvote your favorites to become Image of the Week,” tweeted the rover.
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover also took a time-lapse of the Martian sky on Monday and unexpectedly captured the smaller of Mars’ two moons – Deimos. The moon was filmed over the Martian twilight while the rover was on its mission to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to earth. The red planet has two moons – Phobos and Deimos. Phobos is a bit larger than Deimos, and orbits only 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometres) above the Martian surface. No known moon orbits closer than this, to its planet.
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover team ended up producing a short film of the Martian sky with a series of pictures taken from the Mars rover and posted the video to the rover’s official Twitter account. “Sky watching is fun no matter where you are. I took this short time lapse movie to watch for clouds, and caught something else: look closely and you’ll see Deimos, one of two moons of mars,” the team tweeted.
The rover has only just begun working on what it was sent to Mars for and is finally collecting soil samples while looking for signs of ancient life in a region of Mars which was once believed to contain an ancient lake that dried up billions of years ago.
Similar to NASA’s previous Mars Curiosity rover that completed it’s 9th ‘landiversary’ on Mars on August 6, Perseverance too is an expert at making its fair share of buzz on social media which will keep us informed of all it’s findings and discoveries on the red planet.
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