NASA’s Perseverance Rover has sent the space agency a colour image from Mars, which shows the machine lowering to the surface. The image shows cables attached to the rover, which stem from the parachute which helped its descent.
According to a tweet from the NASA-run Perseverance Twitter account, the image was taken just moments before it touched down.
The tweets said: “The moment that my team dreamed of for years, now a reality. Dare mighty things.
“This shot from a camera on my ‘jetpack’ captures me in midair, just before my wheels touched down.”
NASA said: “This is our first colour image from the surface of Mars.”
Although images from Mars have shown the planet in its vibrant red colour before, these images had been colour corrected.
This means that they were edited back on Earth to restore the images to their full glory.
However, the latest image shows the Red Planet being exactly what it says on the tin, without the need for human interference.
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