NASA Perseverance Rover Mars Drive
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover successfully completed its first drive on the Martian surface, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the rocky landscape. It served as a mobility test for the team to calibrate every system, subsystem, and instrument on Perseverance. As its science goals are completed, regular commutes of 656 feet (200 meters) will be a daily occurrence. Upcoming events and evaluations will include jettisoning covers that shield both the adaptive caching assembly and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during landing. Read more for a video and additional information.

The coolest part of Perseverance just might be its advanced suite of cameras, which has already transmitted around 7,000 images back to Earth. This photo data is being processed by the Deep Space Network (DSN), managed by NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program. It will soon continue its astrobiology studies, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.

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Tuesday’s first test of the robotic arm was a big moment for us. That’s the main tool the science team will use to do close-up examination of the geologic features of Jezero Crater, and then we’ll drill and sample the ones they find the most interesting. When we got confirmation of the robotic arm flexing its muscles, including images of it working beautifully after its long trip to Mars – well, it made my day,” said Robert Hogg, Mars 2020 Perseverance rover deputy mission manager.

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