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NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

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NASA's newest Mars rover has hit the dusty red road, taking a spin for the first time this weekBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 6, 2021, 3:30 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive.The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life.The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.“This is really the start of our journey here,” said Rich Rieber, the NASA engineer who plotted the route. “This is going to be like the Odyssey, adv...
‘I’m on the move!’: NASA’s Perseverance rover takes its first test drive on Mars

‘I’m on the move!’: NASA’s Perseverance rover takes its first test drive on Mars

Technology
NASA's Perseverance rover has taken its first drive on Mars, just weeks after landing on the Red Planet.The one-tonne robot travelled 21.3ft (6.5m) in a mobility test that the space agency said will allow the checking and calibrating of the rover's systems and instruments.Once Perseverance really gets going, it is expected to undertake regular commutes of 656ft (200m) or more. Anais Zarifian, Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mobility test bed engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, said: "When it comes to wheeled vehicles on other planets, there are few first-time events that measure up in significance to that of the first drive."This was our first chance to 'kick the tyres' and take Perseverance out for a spin." ...
Nasa’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars

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There's a new robot on the surface of Mars.The American space agency has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.Engineers at Nasa's mission control in California erupted with joy when confirmation of touchdown came through.The six-wheeled vehicle will now spend at least the next two years drilling into the local rocks, looking for evidence of past life.Jezero is thought to have held a giant lake billions of years ago. And where there's been water, there's the possibility there might also have been life.Key questions about Nasa's Mars roverHow Perseverance will search for signs of lifeNASAThe signal alerting controllers that Perseverance was down and safe arrived at 20:55 GMT. In the past they might have hugged and high-fived but ...
NASA’s Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars rover Perseverance made a dangerous, robotic landing on Mars on Thursday, starting a high-tech mission to hunt for signs of life in an ancient lakebed. The landing at roughly 3:55 p.m. EST marked the fifth NASA rover to successfully reach Mars. The mission is designed to be the first of three that may return rock samples to Earth in about 10 years. Advertisement The rover sent a series of brief, basic signals back to Earth. After an 11-minute journey through space, those signals told NASA control room technicians the rover was safe. "Touchdown confirmed," said Swati Mohan, NASA's operations lead for the landing. "Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars ready to begin seeking the signs of past life." "I mean just what an amazing team to wo...