CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.: NASAs most recent Mars vagabond struck the dirty red roadway today, placing 21 feet on the odometer in its initial examination drive.
The Willpower vagabond ventured from its touchdown placement Thursday, 2 weeks after touchdown on the red world to look for indicators of previous life.
The roundabout, to and fro drive lasted simply 33 mins and also went so well that the six-wheeled vagabond was back on the relocation Friday.
Throughout a press conference Friday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, The golden state, shared images of the tire tracks over and also around tiny rocks.
I do not assume I have actually ever before been better to see wheel tracks and also I have actually seen a great deal of them, claimed designer Anais Zarafian. This is simply a significant turning point for the goal.”
As quickly as the system examine Willpower are total, the vagabond will certainly go to an old river delta to gather rocks for go back to Planet a years from currently. Researchers are disputing whether to take the smoother course to reach the neighboring delta or a potentially harder method with appealing residues from that once-watery time 3 billion to 4 billion years back.
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