4 Records NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Broke in Its First Year on Mars
A year after NASA's unprecedented Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, a new mission to better understand Earth's cold, Red Planet neighbor begins.
NASA's Jennifer Trosper told Newsweek, "We were given a big challenge by NASA to design a rover and operation system that had to accomplish two to three times as much as Curiosity.
"The team designed, built and delivered a rover and operational system that is the most complex, capable, effective and efficient system we've ever sent to another planet.
Over the course of one year, Perseverance doubled the number of samples acquired—eight samples versus four for Curiosity—and double distance driven at around 2.2 miles versus 1.1 miles for Curiosity.
Observational Tools And More, Perseverance's Mission Has Broken And Even Created A Number Of Other Records In The 12 Months It Has Spent Exploring Mars So Far.
One of Perseverance's most recent records, the car-sized rover set the bar for the furthest distance ever traveled in a single day in early February—245.76 meters (806 feet).
NASA chalked the new record down to Perseverance's self-driving function. Perseverance's official Twitter account stated: "Just set a new Martian record of 243.3 meters,