Perseverance takes its first drive on Mars after touchdown on February 18. Photograph / Nasa
Nasa’s latest Mars rover hit the dusty crimson highway this week, placing 6.4 metres on the odometer in its first take a look at drive.
The Perseverance rover ventured from its touchdown place yesterday, two weeks after touchdown on the crimson planet to hunt indicators of previous life.
The roundabout, backwards and forwards drive lasted simply 33 minutes and went so effectively that the six-wheeled rover is again on the transfer right this moment.
Throughout a information convention right this moment, Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared pictures of the tire tracks over and round small rocks.
“I do not suppose I’ve ever been happier to see wheel tracks and I’ve seen loads of them,” stated engineer Anais Zarafian. “That is simply an enormous milestone for the mission.”
As quickly because the system checks on Perseverance are full, the rover will head for an historic 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 harder manner with intriguing remnants from that once-watery time 3 billion to 4 billion years in the past.
Two days in the past, China’s first Mars probe – Tianwen-1, which arrived within the Martian parking orbit on February 26 – despatched again new photos of Earth’s planetary neighbour.
The photographs embrace two panchromatic photos and one color picture.