Mars rover rolls over the Red Planet for the first time


WashingtonThe Mars rover “Perseverance” has successfully completed its first voyage on Mars. According to NASA information on Friday, the vehicle covered a distance of 6.5 meters two weeks after landing on the Red Planet – and took a good 33 minutes on Thursday. The trip was intended as a test for “Perseverance” (in German roughly “staying power”).

“The rover’s six-wheel drive worked perfectly,” said NASA engineer Anais Zarifian. “We are now confident that our propulsion system is ready for use and can take us anywhere science leads us in the next two years.” When carrying out scientific experiments, the Mars vehicle is expected to travel around 200 meters.

Mars rover landed in a dry lake

“Perseverance”, weighing around 1,000 kilograms and the size of a small car, was touched down on February 18 after 203 days of flight and 472 million kilometers traveled in a risky maneuver in a dry lake on Mars. The rover will examine this lake with a diameter of around 45 kilometers over the next two years.

Development and construction of the approximately 2.5 billion dollars (about 2.2 billion euros) vehicle had taken eight years. Its mission is to search for traces of previous microbial life on Mars and to study the planet’s climate and geology.

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Mars rover rolls Red Planet time


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