Twin of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover begins terrain tests

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 01:02:08 GMT
Space Daily

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 18, 2021 OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, begins a...

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 18, 2021 OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, begins a series of rigorous tests to assess the risk of potential driving hazards on the surface of the Red Planet. On a recent day in November, the car-size rover rolled slowly forward, then stopped, perched on the threshold of a Martian landscape. But this rover, named OPTIMISM, wasn't on the Red Planet. And the landscape was a