New York. The Mars rover “Perseverance” has successfully completed its first tour on Mars. As NASA announced on Friday (local time), 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”).
Stretches of 200 meters are to follow
“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 wherever science takes us in the next two years.” When carrying out scientific experiments, the Mars vehicle should travel around 200 meters.
“Perseverance” sends first snapshot from Mars
“Touchdown confirmed” – Nasa engineers in luck! Your fears and fingers crossed it was worth it: the Rover Perseverance landed on Mars. © Reuters
“Perseverance”, weighing around 1,000 kilograms and the size of a small car, touched down on February 18 after 203 flying days and 472 million kilometers covered with 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.
Looking for traces of life
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.