According to NASA, the six-wheeled rover moved about 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in 33 minutes on Thursday.
It advanced 4 meters, rotated 150 degrees to the left, then retracted 2.5 meters, leaving tire marks in the dust on Mars.
Anais Zalifian, Perseverance Mobility Testbed Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said:
Zarifian said the test drive was “incredibly successful” and represented “a major milestone for the mission and mobility team.”
“I’m going to drive longer,” she added. “This is just the beginning.”
NASA engineers said they are researching possible routes for longer rover voyages on the surface of Mars.
According to NASA, a slightly longer trip is planned for Friday, and hopefully it could be another Saturday.
The rover can cover 200 meters per day on Mars, which is slightly longer than a day on Earth.
It’s also five times faster than its predecessor, Curiosity, which is still functioning eight years after landing on Mars.
Robert Hogg, Deputy Mission Manager for Perseverance, said engineers are also preparing for the first flight of Rover’s helicopter drone.
According to Hogg, the Rover team is considering a flight zone and wanted to make their first flight in late spring or early summer.
He said the mission had not experienced any major problems so far.
“It’s all trivial,” he said. “Everything we tried worked beautifully.”
Patience began on July 30, 2020, landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2020, and was tasked with looking for signs of past life on the Red Planet.
Rover’s main mission lasts for just over two years, but it could go far beyond that.
Over the next few years, Perseverance will seek to collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes to be sent back to Earth sometime in the 2030s for analysis.
As big as an SUV, the ship weighs a ton, is equipped with a 7-foot-long robotic arm, has 19 cameras, two microphones, and a range of state-of-the-art equipment. It has been.
So far, more than 7,000 photos have been returned, including one of the light brown rocks used to test a device called SuperCam. This is a shoebox-sized ultra-sophisticated French camera that can shoot a laser beam onto a rock. Up to 7 meters apart to analyze their composition.
Rover is the only fifth to put wheels on Mars, they are all Americans. This feat was first achieved in 1997.
The plan remains very preliminary, but the United States is preparing for the final manned Mars mission to Earth.
Patience is officially trolling Mars after a successful test drive
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencealert-latestnews/~3/6vLdKmhjCKI/perseverance-is-officially-roving-mars-after-a-successful-test-drive Patience is officially trolling Mars after a successful test drive