Mars explorer Perseverance has taken its first ride across the planet’s surface. The mission leadership has announced this. The trip came two weeks after the cart landed almost perfectly in a crater on the red planet.
The cart, operated from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles, covered a distance of 6.5 meters in half an hour. It first drove 4 meters forward, then made a 150 degree turn and then covered another 2.5 meters.
“It went really well. This was a milestone of this mission,” said Anais Zarifian, one of the scientists responsible for the cart. NASA showed reporters a photo of the cart’s wheelprints on the surface of Mars.
The Perseverence has to investigate stones and soil, among other things. It is able to travel about 200 meters per day.
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