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Perseverance rover takes selfie with Ingenuity helicopter

Perseverance rover takes selfie with Ingenuity helicopter

Technology
NASA's Perseverance rover has taken a selfie on the Martian surface capturing itself and the Ingenuity helicopter ahead of the first attempt at flight on an alien planet.The image released by NASA was stitched together from dozens of individual snaps from the rover's WATSON camera (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering). It follows the mini-helicopter Ingenuity surviving its first night alone on the Martian surface detached from the Perseverance rover, which NASA hailed as a "major milestone". Image: Perseverance landed on Mars earlier this year. Pic: NASA/JPL-Caltech "The laws of physics may say it's near impossible to fly on Mars, but actually flying a heavier-than-air vehicle on the red planet is much harder ...
Mars rover Perseverance makes first drive on Red Planet

Mars rover Perseverance makes first drive on Red Planet

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- NASA's new Mars rover Perseverance made its first short drive on the Red Planet and took images of its own wheel marks in the Martian dust, agency engineers said Friday. The rover drove about 21 feet Thursday and used its steering function, performing better than it did on Earth said Anais Zarifian, a Perseverance mobility engineer for NASA, said in a news briefing. Advertisement "Our first drive went incredibly well," Zarifian said. "You can see the wheel tracks that we left on Mars. I don't think I've ever been happier to see wheel tracks that I've seen a lot." A quick test of my steering, and things are looking good as I get ready to roll. My team and I are keen to get moving. One step at a time. pic.twitter.com/XSYfT158AQ— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover...
‘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." ...
Video shows Perseverance rover’s dramatic Mars landing

Video shows Perseverance rover’s dramatic Mars landing

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Nasa has released stunning videos of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars.The movies cover the final minutes of last week's hair-raising descent, up to the point where the robot's wheels make contact with the ground.The sequences show a whirl of dust and grit being kicked up as the vehicle is lowered by its rocket backpack to the floor of Jezero Crater.Perseverance was sent to Mars festooned with cameras, seven of which were dedicated to recording the landing.Their imagery represents vital feedback for engineers as they look to improve still further the technologies used to put probes on the surface of the Red planet.Mike Watkins, the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, which is home to Nasa's Mars mission control, said the spectacular videos were an example of...