You don't even have to be a science fan or spaceflight junkie to know about NASA's Mars rovers. It's big news when the space agency sends fancy new hardware to Mars, and you've no doubt heard the names Sojourner, Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance many times by now. What you might not know is how the rovers have evolved over time, particularly with regards to their size. Without anything to provide a sense of scale in the Mars "selfies" that the rovers have sent back over the years it's hard to grasp just how much they've changed.
In a new photo from the shiny new Perseverance rover, we're finally provided with something that shows how massive the latest robot really is. In a new rover selfie published by NASA, we get to see the Mars helicopter Ingenuity in the background, and while the perspective of the shot means the helicopter appears even smaller than it actually is, you can easily tell how huge Perseverance looks in comparison.
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This new photo shows the scale of the massive Perseverance rover originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 7 Apr 2021 at 21:17:20 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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