“Perseverance” was not necessarily quick on its first voyage across Mars. NASA is still impressed, because the mini-trip of the rover shows: the six-wheel drive works.
The “Perseverance” rover has successfully completed its first tour on Mars. According to NASA information on Friday, the rover covered a distance of 6.5 meters two weeks after landing on the Red Planet. Additionally, it took only 33 minutes for the drive on Thursday.
The trip was intended as a test for perseverance. “The rover’s six-wheel drive worked perfectly,” said NASA engineer Anais Zarifian. “We are now confident that our propulsion system is operational and can take us anywhere science takes us over the next two years.”
In order to carry out scientific experiments, the Mars vehicle will drive distances of around 200 meters. It has been looking for traces of earlier microbial life and researching the planet’s climate and geology. The rover will also take samples of rocks and dust. Scientists hope that the mission will provide new insights into the origin of the universe.
“Perseverance” weighs around a thousand kilograms and its size is like a small car. it takes eight years for its development and construction of the approximately 2.5 billion dollars.
On February 18, after 203 days of flight and 472 million kilometers traveled, the rover landed in a risky maneuver in a dry lake on Mars. The rover will examine the lake with a diameter of about 45 kilometers for the next two years.
Secret code in the parachute
After landing, Internet users discovered a hidden message in the parachute with which the rover sailed to Mars. It is an irregular pattern of red and white stripes could be seen on video recordings. This could be a binary code like the one used on computers.