NASA’s latest Mars rover hit the dusty pink highway this week, placing 6.four metres on the odometer in its first check drive.
The Perseverance rover ventured from its touchdown place Thursday, two weeks after touchdown on the Red Planet to hunt indicators of previous life.
The roundabout, back-and-forth drive lasted simply 33 minutes and went so nicely that the six-wheeled rover was again on the transfer Friday.
During a information convention Friday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shared pictures of the tire tracks over and round small rocks.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see wheel tracks and I’ve seen a lot of them,” stated engineer Anais Zarafian. “This is just a huge milestone for the mission.”
As quickly because the system checks on Perseverance are full, the rover will head for an historical river delta to gather rocks for return to Earth a decade from now. Scientists are debating whether or not to take the smoother path to get to the close by delta or a presumably more durable means with intriguing remnants from that once-watery time three billion to 4 billion years in the past.