Thursday, April 15

Perseverance: what was the first “walk” of the NASA robot on Mars


  • Jonathan Amos
  • Science Correspondent, BBC

Images of Perseverance on Mars.

Caption,

Traces of Perseverance on Mars.

The US space agency’s Perseverance robot activated its wheels and began its first walk on Mars.

He did not go very far: in total, he only traveled 6.5 meters.

But mission deputy scientist Katie Stack Morgan stressed that it was a significant moment.

“Although the robot is still carrying out a lot of engineering checks, by the time it starts to move we can already consider ourselves to be explorers on the surface of Mars,” he told BBC News.

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