NASA, the Perseverance rover moves to Mars: here are the first 6.5 m in 33 minutes

The robot traveled 0.01 miles per hour for about 6.5 meters in 33 total minutes on the red planet – Ansa /Courier TV

First test drive for the NASA Perseverance rover on Mars. The robot, the size of a car, sent an image of the footprint left on the ground by its wheels to Earth. It traveled 0.01mph for about 6.5 meters in 33 total minutes on the red planet, including a 150-degree turn. A real success for NASA engineers, who call it a “milestone” for the mission. Perseverance, costing 2.2 billion dollars, landed on the Martian surface on February 18 after a journey of more than 384 million kilometers. It became the ninth US spacecraft to successfully land on Mars, starting in the 1970s, and this is the first of many mobility tests: the robot is expected to travel regularly to Mars.

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