Perseverance rover traveled 21 feet on Mars

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NASA’s rover has taken its first drive on Mars, traveling about 21 feet across Jezero Crater. sent back images of its wheel tracks across the red Martian surface Friday. Once the mission truly begins exploring Mars, it will go on drives averaging about 656 feet or more. During the first drive, the rover drove forward 13 feet, performed a 150-degree turn to the left and reversed 8 feet. The rover was able to turn its cameras to the site where it landed. willl search the ancient life on Mars.The rover has been testing out some of the on-board instruments, like ground-penetrating radar. It has also deployed two wind sensors on the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, or MEDA instrument, which is Perseverance’s personal weather station. More testing is on the schedule for the rover in the coming weeks. About a mile-and-a-half away from the rover is a large mound, a rocky outcrop of layered rock deposited by rivers in a delta as they flowed into the ancient lake that once filled Jezero Crater 3.9 billion years ago. The science team is plotting out several routes the rover could take to explore these rocks.