NASA’s Perseverance rover takes its first test drive on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover has taken its first test drive on Mars, the agency announced Friday (March 5). 

Perseverance, a car-sized rover that landed successfully on the Red Planet Feb. 18, just made its first short drive on Thursday, NASA officials said. The rover moved a total of 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian terrain on a drive that took about 33 minutes, during which Perseverance moved forward, turned in place and backed up. The rover drives with a top speed of .01 miles per hour (.016 kilometers). 

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