American space agency NASA has released the first-ever high-definition video and audio footage of its Perseverance Mars Rover arriving at the Red Planet.

The video recollects the moments when Perseverance entered Martian orbit and manoeuvred its descent to the designated landing spot at the 45 kilometre-wide Jezero Crater.


A microphone on the Perseverance rover provided a 60-second recording of sounds from Mars. About 10 seconds, the Martian breeze is audible followed by mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.

Thomas Zurbuchen, the NASA associate administrator for science, said that the video footage is the closest one can get to landing on Mars without a pressure suit. 


The Perseverance is quipped with seven primary science instruments, the most cameras ever sent to Mars, and a complex sample caching system. 

A 360-degree view of the Martian surface was also released by NASA.

Perseverance will scan the Jezero region for fossilized remains of ancient microscopic Martian life, taking samples along the way.

The footage should become mandatory viewing for young women and men who want to be part of diverse teams achieving the audacious goals in future, Thomas said.