Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance rover sends stunning imageson March 3, 2021 at 12:17 am

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Amazing images as Nasa’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars and seeks signs of past microbial life.

Nasa's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover's mast and aids in driving (1 March 2021)

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Nasa’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars at 20:55 GMT on 18 February after almost seven months travelling from Earth.

Since then, it has sent back some amazing images from around its landing site, Jezero Crater, a 49km (30-mile) wide impact depression just north of the Red Planet’s equator.

Here are a selection of the pictures sent back from the mission, as Perseverance hunts for signs of past microbial life, seeks to characterise the planet’s geology and past climate, and collects Martian rock.

First image taken from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment camera aboard Nasa's Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars (19 February 2021)

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Colour image of Mars taken by the Hazard Cameras on the underside of Nasa's Perseverance Mars rover

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Enhanced colour image of the rover taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter high above the planet

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Image of Mars rover and planet surface using its onboard Left Navigation Camera (Navcam), 1 March 2021

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Nasa's Perseverance Mars rover deck (20 February 2021)

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Mars surface captured by onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam), 1 March 2021

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A panorama, taken on 21 February, by Mastcam-Z

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This wind-carved rock seen in first 360-degree panorama taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument

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A detail shot from the top of the panorama shows the rim of Jezero Crater

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Mars surface using Left Mastcam-Z camera

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Mars surface using Left Mastcam-Z camera

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Section of layering in a delta on the surface of Mars

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Mars Perseverance Descent Stage Down-Look Camera image

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Parachute shot from the spacecraft's backshell during descent

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The surface of Mars directly below Nasa's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera (22 February 2021).

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The surface of Mars directly below Nasa's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera

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