NASA’s Perseverance Took Its First Test Drive On Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Took Its First Test Drive On Mars

The entire test took the rover 33 minutes and was an important milestone in the calibration of each system before the robotic explorer could begin its science mission on the Red Planet. Once it started, the researchers expected Roger to make samples of various places around the regular 200-meter (656-foot) Jezero crater where he arrived on February 18. Perseverance Friday began its first voyage on Tuesday, NASA announced. The rover went 4 meters (13 feet) forward, turned 150 degrees, and then went a further 2.5 meters (8 feet) to test a mobility test, crossing a total of 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in Martian Surface.

“When it comes to wheeled vehicles on other planets, for the first time there is a few incidents that are significant for the first drive,” said Anis Zarifian, a testbed engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Mars 2020 Perseverance Mobility test. “It was our first chance to kick the tire and take the perseverance for the spin. The rover’s six-wheel drive responded well. We are now confident that our drive system is good to go, able to take us wherever science leads us for the next two years.”

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NASA’s Perseverance Took Its First Test Drive On Mars

“I don’t think I’ve been happier watching Wheel Tracks – and I’ve seen a lot of them,” he added. “It’s just a huge milestone for the mission and mobility team. We driven on Earth, but driving on Mars is the ultimate goal.”

Some of Rover’s systems have already tested, with more to come in the coming days. Soon Perseverance has named its landing site Octavia E. Butler will be able to leave the landing and begin exploring what hidden in the corner of Mars. Perseverance is relatively fast for a Mars rover with a top speed of 152 meters (500 feet) per hour.

It beats Curiosity at 142 meters (460 feet) but pales near Tianwen-1’s uninterrupted unnamed rover, which, if all goes well and successfully lands on Mars in May or June, could reach 200 meters (656 feet) per hour. Although not excited for the first time Mars rover. Perseverance landed at Jezaro Crater, about 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) from where Tianwen-1 Utopia is looking to land south of the planet.

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