NASA is hoping to land its Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars later today and a cool YouTube videos shows some of the stunning scenes it will see.
The amazing 4K Video was put together by Elder Fox Documentaries and uses actual images from Mars taken by Nasa’s curiosity rover.
The red surface of Mars is brought to life in the 4k videoCredit: Nasa / YouTube / ElderFox Documentaries
The video is ready to watch on YouTube and shows Mars’s rocky red surface.
All the images were captured by Nasa’s Curiosity rover a bit like a selfie and then the selfie arm is removed from the image.
The caption of the video explains: “Although this looks like an image taken by some sort of Martian, it is actually the result of dozens of exposures taken by a camera on the rovers robotic arm.
“The arm is then digitally removed from each image before they are stitched together in the usual way.
“This provides the Engineers at NASA with a clear view of Curiosity, to check it is still operating as it should.”
A voiceover on the video explains each image you’re looking at.
Sights include the Earth looking like a small star in the night sky above Mars.
There’s also lots of craters to marvel at.
Nasa has lots of amazing still images of Mars avaliable on its website.
Its Perseverance rover should be on the Red Planet by 9pm GMT this evening.
One of the aims for that rover is to search for signs of alien life.
Here’s what you need to know about the Red Planet…
- Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun
- It is named after the Roman god of war
- The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here
- Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest
- Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth
- It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun
- So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful
In other space news, you can try and spot Mars with the naked eye this evening.
Elon Musk has warned that humanity may “self-extinguish” before we can colonise Mars.
And, dead alien civilisations could be littered all over our galaxy, according to a new study.
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