Perhaps one day when we humans finally get to Mars, we'll take our Android phones and the
albums and montages we've created. Until then, we can live vicariously through a
video that imagines what it would be like if
Perseverance rover used the photo-wrangling system.
Google released the video on Wednesday in honor of the rover's six-month anniversary of landing on the red planet on Feb. 18. It's a sweet romp through images of rocks, landscapes, selfies and the Ingenuity helicopter.
Google had plenty of photos to work with in creating the video, which takes us through the rover's imagined albums, including collections labeled "Shadow Selfies," "Rocks" and "Additional Rocks."
Perseverance has taken over 125,000 photos since it arrived. If the rover really was using Google Photos to archive its images, it would probably have to spring for extra storage.
There are some good science jokes tucked into the video, including a part where the rover searches for "water" and "martians" and gets a no-results message. Dunes, however, are another story.
While the video is a clever bit of marketing for Google Photos, it's also an entertaining way for space fans to revisit and relive the rover's adventures so far. The only thing missing is Perseverance's funny photo of "butt crack rock." File that one under "Additional Rocks."
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