The U.S. space agency announced on Friday that the Perseverance rover had successfully rotated its wheels on Mars for the first time since its final landing two weeks ago, France Prize reports.
During this first route, the six-wheeler proceeded four meters forward to test the proper functioning of the system, then made a left turn and then reversed about 2.5 meters behind.
Perseverance was able to photograph the tracks of their own wheels on the soil of Mars published by NASA.
In all, the rover, the size of a large SUV, traveled six and a half meters in 33 minutes.
“I do not think I’m very happy to see the wheel tracks,” Rose’s mobility engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Anais Sarifian, told a news conference. “Our first voyage was incredibly good and it was a great milestone in the mission,” she added.
If all goes well, other, more trips are planned for Friday and maybe Saturday.
The vehicle can travel up to 200 meters on each Mars, which is longer than on Earth.
Persistence is five times faster than Curiosity, the other NASA rover still operating on Mars.
The Perseverance rover landed on the Jessero crater on February 18, and scientists suspect it may have hosted a deep lake 3.5 billion years ago.
The mission aims to collect rock samples brought to Earth by a later mission to detect the presence of life on the Red Planet.
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