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Mars Rover Perseverance Takes Its First Road Trip

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After two weeks of residency on the Red Planet, the Mars Rover Perseverance has taken its first road trip. It moved 21 feet.

NASA'S mobility engineer, Anais Zarifian, says the rover's first trip was "wildly successful."

"Our plan, which executed perfectly, was first to drive four meters forward, which is about 13 feet, make a 150-degree turn to the left and then back up. And then during that drive, we took a pause to image the touchdown contact path on the tires."

Zarifian called the brief drive a "momentous" step forward in exploring the planet.
"You can see the wheel track that we left on Mars. This is just a huge milestone for the mission."

Overall, the rover has the capability of moving roughly 200 meters during a Martian day -- or about every 24 hours and 37 minutes.
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