Pictures from Mars – 002

Recently pictures released by NASA from the Mission 2020 to Mars.

All images are from

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/


Update 05 March 2021:

As of 05 March 2021, there are currently more than 7,400 “raw” images available from the Perseverance mission at

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/raw-images/

This is the best location to view images as they arrive back on Earth.


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

The first 360-degree panorama taken by Mastcam-Z, a zoomable pair of cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. The panorama was stitched together from 142 individual images taken on Sol 3, the third Martian day of the mission (Feb. 21, 2021). ( The original hi-res image 36,952 x 11570 pixels can be downloaded from https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/ )


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU

A wind-carved rock seen in first 360-degree panorama taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument shows how much detail is captured by the camera systems.


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU

This shows the rim of Jezero Crater as seen in the first 360-degree panorama taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument.


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A secret message was encoded on the parachute used when Perseverance landed on Mars and was solved within hours of the image being released.

Using binary code, two messages are encoded in the neutral white and international-orange parachute gores (the sections that make up the canopy’s hemispherical shape). The inner portion spells out “DARE MIGHTY THINGS” (which is JPLs motto, with each word located on its own ring of gores.

The outer band of the canopy provides GPS coordinates for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the rover was built and the project is managed. The numbers are straightforward converted directly into binary.

e.g 34 is 0100010

The following tables shows the mappings from Binary to Character.

Ascii - Binary Conversion Table

CharacterBinary
A0000001
B0000010
C0000011
D0000100
E0000101
F0000110
G0000111
H0001000
I0001001
J0001010
K0001011
L0001100
M0001101
N0001110
O0001111
P0010000
Q0010001
R0010010
S0010011
T0010100
U0010101
V0010110
W0010111
X0011000
Y0011001
Z0011010