The Perseverance rover took its first test drive on the surface of Mars this week, traversing some 21 feet of terrain in a short trip that scientists say represents a major milestone. NASA said the rover ventured out from its landing site on Thursday, exactly two weeks after it first touched down on the red planet. The drive, which lasted about 33 minutes, served as an important test of the rover's mobility system. Anais Zarifian, Perseverance mobility test bed engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that when it comes to wheeled vehicles on other planets, few events are more significant than the initial drive. "This was our first chance to 'kick the tires' and take Perseverance out for a spin," she said. "The rover's six-wheel drive...
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In First Test Drive On Mars, Perseverance Rover Makes A Short But Significant Trip