NASA's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet
This photo made available by NASA was taken during the first drive of the Perseverance rover on Mars on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life. AdPerseverance — NASA's biggest and most elaborate rover yet — became the ninth U.S. spacecraft to successfully land on Mars on Feb. 18. China hopes to land its smaller rover — currently orbiting the red planet — in another few months.
NASA's Perseverance rover survives "seven minutes of terror" to land on Mars
NASA's Perseverance rover survives "seven minutes of terror" to land on Mars It survived "seven minutes of terror," traveling through the Martian atmosphere at more than 12,000 mph. Now NASA's Perseverance rover is ready to look for signs of past life on the red planet. CBS News space analyst Bill Harwood joins CBSN to discuss why the landing was so difficult and what lies ahead for Perseverance.cbsnews.com
Beyond dog food: Walmart adds pet insurance as animal adoptions soar during pandemic
Along with buying bags of dog and cat food, pet owners can now turn to Walmart to buy insurance and find a sitter for their beloved animals. Starting Thursday, the retailer said it will sell pet insurance from Petplan and connect customers to dog walking and more through Rover. It is launching Walmart Pet Care, a new landing page on its website as a central hub where customers can find its full range of animal products and services. She said Walmart customers will get unique discounts and perks. For example, customers who get pet insurance through Walmart may later get pet medications filled at its pharmacy.cnbc.com
Vote for the name of the next Mars rover
NASA is asking for the public’s input on what the Mars 2020 rover should be named before it launches from the Space Coast later this year. Here are the names you can vote on:PromiseVisionEndurancePerseveranceClarityCourageTenacityIngenuityFortitudeMore than 189,000 people have already participated in the poll by Wednesday. The rover is set to launch from Cape Canaveral this summer/"Now that's a Mars rover," Mars 2020 Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations Manager David Gruel said. Mars 2020, equipped with a suite of science instruments, will be searching for signs of life on Mars in the Jezero Crater. The rover will land on Mars Feb. 18, 2021.