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In Pics | NASA Releases Breathtaking Videos of Landing on Mars

Members of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team watch in mission control as the first images arrive moments after the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S. February 18, 2021. (NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS)

Members of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team watch in mission control as the first images arrive moments after the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S. February 18, 2021. (NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS)

NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.

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Members of NASA’s Perseverance rover team react in mission control after receiving confirmation the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S. February 18, 2021. (NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3463817" align="alignnone" ]
A green dot marks where NASA?s Perseverance Mars rover landed in Jezero Crater on Mars February 18, 2021, in a base image taken by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS[/caption]
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A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA?s Perseverance Mars rover shows the Martian landscape February 20, 2021. Images taken February 20, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3463811" align="alignnone" ]
The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera in a combination of images acquired February 22, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS[/caption]
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NASA?s Perseverance Mars rover is seen where it landed in Jezero Crater on Mars, in a base image taken by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA?s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken February 19, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3463850" align="alignnone" ]
This combination of images from video made available by NASA shows steps in the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)[/caption]
first published:February 23, 2021, 10:01 IST