NASA Perseverance Rover Authorities announced on Friday (March 5) that they had made their first test drive on Mars.
Patience, car-sized rover On February 18, I landed on the red planet.I just made my first short drive on Thursday, according to NASA officials. The rover traveled a total of 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the terrain of Mars in a drive that took about 33 minutes. Meanwhile, Perseverance moved forward, turned into place, and retreated. The rover travels at a top speed of 0.01 mph (.016 km).
“Our first drive went incredibly well,” said Anais Zalifian of NASA, a patience mobility testbed engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Zarifian added that Rover “works beautifully and is very excited.”
“This is really just the beginning,” Zarifian said.
During the briefing, mission team members also announced that they would name the Perseverance landing site. Jezero Crater “Octavia E. Butler Landing” after a famous science fiction writer. The first science fiction writer to win the MacArthur Fellowship.
In the photo: NASA Patience Rover on Mars
Perseverance has the same body design as NASA, Curiosity roverLanding on Mars in 2012, improvements to its mobility system mean that it can drive much longer in the same amount of time. The two rover have the same top speed, but with Perseverance’s new camera and improved navigation software, you can think about where you’re heading on the move.
Therefore, curiosity essentially had to stop thinking, but Perseverance can “chew gum at the same time as walking,” Zarifian said. This allows the rover to cover more ground faster, despite the same “speed”.
In preparation for this first drive, members of the mission team turned the wheels on the rover to show the full range of movements and confirmed that they were ready for a short trip. As part of this preparation, NASA shared a short video clip on Rover’s Twitter feed, one of the rover wheels spinning on the surface of Mars.
“Things look good because I have a quick test of my steering and I’m ready to roll. My team and I want to get started. Step by step at a time.” A member of the patience team wrote on Twitter..
Things look good when I do a quick test of my steering, and when I’m preparing to roll. My team and I want to get started. Step by step. pic.twitter.com/XSYfT158AQMarch 5, 2021
“It’s very impressive to see a rover track starting from nothing. @NASAPersevere is on the move!” Perseverance Rover Operator and Doctor of Earth and Planetary Sciences candidate Erin Gibbons said Rover on the surface of Mars. Said on Twitter with a picture of the truck he made.
It’s very impressive to see a rover track starting from nothing. @NASAPersevere is on the move! pic.twitter.com/zHnxXtK1uLMarch 5, 2021
This first drive occurs when Perseverance checks the “first” minority of other Mars people from the list. All of these seem to be working very well.
“Perseverance has been doing extraordinary work for the first two weeks on the Red Planet,” JPL’s Rover Deputy Mission Manager Robert Hogg said at a press conference today.
Some of these milestones Rover’s first arm stretch — Sampling and scientific observation, an important first step to acquire a robot arm, an important asset for mobility — and Deployment of wind sensor — A device that is part of Rover’s meteorological station and monitors temperature, humidity, radiation, dust, and wind.
The Rover Controller also recently checked in to the aircraft RIM FAX (Radar Imager for Underground Experiments on Mars) and MOXIE (Radar Imager for Underground Experiments on Mars).Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment) Musical instrument. Rover also continues to send images of the new Martian environment back to Earth.
“You can see all sorts of textures and rocks around the Perseverance landing site,” said Katie Stack Morgan, JPL’s Deputy Project Scientist for Perseverance, which mission scientists were already in the briefing. He told Space.com when asked if he was picking up images of Rover.
“But we’re just checking out the instruments, so these other instruments are very important to put together a model of how these rocks are formed and what their importance is. … we have landed in a very interesting area where we are trying to unravel the origin of these rocks. ”
Patience is the best jewel of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, collecting scientific data to do things like studying the complex climate of the planet, as well as red to look for concrete signs of ancient life. Spend time on the planet.Rover also completes technical experiments such as: Originality and ingenuity, Martian helicopter.
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NASA’s Perseverance Rover will make its first test drive on Mars
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