Perseverance Rover Flexes Robotic Arm for First Time on Mars Written 5 March 2021


Navigation cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover captured a view of the rover's deck on 20 February 2021. | NASA/JPL-Caltech

SPACE reports that NASA officials gave an update from the Mars Perseverance Rover’s Twitter account Wednesday, which tweeted, “This week I’ve been doing lots of health checkouts, getting ready to get to work. ... I’ve checked many tasks off my list, including instrument tests, imaging, and getting my arm moving. Warming up for a marathon of science.” Perseverance’s robotic arm has flexed for the first time since arriving on Mars, unfurling to a total length of seven feet. The arm holds the rover’s “drill that will collect samples, ... as well as the tools that will store those samples.” NASA will provide an official mission update during a Friday news conference, to be held at 3:30 p.m. EST.
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