Wonder Saturday (from Thursday)

Another amazing achievement by NASA and JPL in landing the Perseverance rover on Mars!  I watched the livestream just as I did during the descent of Curiosity back in 2015, and it was just as exciting.  And doubly so to see ‘familiar faces’ in the control room who also worked on Curiosity.  Also fun to note the differences several years of tech have made, with better telemetry and images coming in much sooner after touchdown.

And as if that wasn’t amazing enough… the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a picture of the descent, with the rover capsule dangling beneath its (largest ever, supersonic) parachute!

Wickedly cool all around.

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