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Perseverance rover takes its first drive on Mars, sends back image

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The NASA Perseverance rover has taken its first drive on Mars, traveling about 21 feet and doing a little spin across Jezero Crater.

(CNN)The NASA Perseverance rover has taken its first drive on Mars, traveling about 21 feet and doing a little spin across Jezero Crater.

"Butler's protagonists embody determination and inventiveness, making her a perfect fit for the Perseverance rover mission and its theme of overcoming challenges," said Katie Stack Morgan, deputy project scientist for the rover.

"Perseverance has been doing an exceptional job during her first two weeks on the red planet," said Robert Hogg, the rover's deputy surface mission manager.

The rover has also deployed two wind sensors on the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, or MEDA instrument, which is Perseverance's personal weather station.

Images captured by the rover are helping mission scientists plan Perseverance's route once she begins exploring.

Using images captured above the landing site by NASA's orbiters around Mars, the science team is plotting out several routes the rover could take to explore these rocks and the outcrop further.

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