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And just like that, the newest iconic NASA photo is born.

high-resolution still image, part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars

A selfie photograph snapped by the Perseverance Mars rover, moments before it landed on the red planet, is being called one of the most iconic images ever taken by NASA in space. The photo is actually a still-frame from a high-resolution video taken by the Perseverance cameras as it was being lowered from the parachute to Mars’ surface.

Another cool photo of Perseverance was captured by HiRISE’s camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as it touched down within the Jezero Crater.

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