13. Perseverance landing - Earth.com

This shot shows Perseverance dangling beneath a sky crane that lowered it safely to the surface. According to National Geographic, the craft was traveling at more than 12,000 miles per hour when it hit Mars’ atmosphere. Naturally, that had to be slowed right down! The atmosphere lowered the speed to 1,000 mph, and a parachute decreased that further to 200 mph. Finally, the jetpack-powered sky crane gently dropped the rover at its destination before flying off and crash-landing at a safe distance.

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