The rover is capable of traveling up to 200 meters a day
Two weeks after landing, NASA’s Perseverance rover has made its first short trip across the surface of the Red Planet.
The vehicle, the size of a car, drove 6.5 meters across the bottom of Ezero Crater, considered by scientists to be part of Mars’ ancient river system.
The rover, driven by scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, first drove 4 meters forward, turned about 150 degrees to the left, and then drove back another 2.5 meters.
NASA published a photo taken by the rover’s camera, which shows wheel marks left on the reddish sandy Martian soil.
Another image shows the surrounding landscape: a rugged, reddish terrain dotted with large, dark boulders in the foreground and a tall ledge of rocky rocks in the distance.
The rover is capable of traveling up to 200 meters a day. However, NASA scientists first intend to conduct additional calibration of the equipment before the rover goes on a longer trip.
Recall that the purpose of the mission is to search for traces of ancient life on Mars.
According to NASA representative Robert Hogg, at the moment the Perseverance equipment works without interruptions.