United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Tuesday that the Mars 2020 Mars Rover has successfully completed its first driving test.
NASA said that the Mars 2020 Mars rover successfully circled several times at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and has successfully completed its first drive. NASA noted that the Mars 2020 Mars rover was able to move back and forth on Tuesday and steered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Overall, the Mars 2020 Mars Rover is now ready to travel on Mars.
Rich Rieber, the chief engineer of the Mars 2020 Mars Rover Mobility System, stated in a statement: “Mars 2020 has obtained a driver’s license.” “Tests clearly confirmed that the rover can work under its own weight and demonstrated for the first time Many autonomous navigation features. This is an important milestone for the Mars 2020 Mars Rover. “
The Mars 2020 Mars Rover is scheduled to launch in July or August next year to Mars. It will look for signs of past microbial life activity on Mars, survey the geological and climatic characteristics of Mars, and prepare humans to explore Mars. The Mars 2020 Mars Rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021.
NASA said the Mars 2020 Mars Rover has more driving capabilities than previous Mars Rover vehicles. It also comes with a high-resolution, wide-view color navigation camera, improved auto-navigation software, and an additional computer “brain” to make maps and process images. The Mars Rover wheels have also been redesigned to increase driving durability. According to NASA, this will allow the Mars 2020 Mars Rover to travel nearly 200 meters a day on Mars on average.