NASA’s freshest Mars meanderer hit the dusty red street this week, placing 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive.
The Perseverance meanderer wandered from its arrival position Thursday, fourteen days in the wake of arriving on the red planet to look for indications of a previous existence.
The traffic circle, to and fro drive kept going only 33 minutes and went so well that the six-wheeled wanderer was back progressing Friday.
During a news gathering Friday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared photographs of the tire tracks over and around little shakes.
“I don’t think I’ve at any point been more joyful to see wheel tracks and I’ve seen a great deal of them, said engineer Anais Zarafian. “This is only a colossal achievement for the mission.”
When the framework keeps an eye on Perseverance are finished, the wanderer will set out toward an antiquated waterway delta to gather rocks for get back to Earth 10 years from now. Researchers are discussing whether to take the smoother course to get to the close by delta or a conceivably harder route with charming leftovers from that once-watery time 3 billion to 4 billion years prior.