NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Live Location Tracker Shows Where It Is on Red Planet

Perseverance has not yet taken its first "steps" on Mars, according to NASA's interactive map that shows the latest location of the rover.

The map, which was created using the software NASA scientists use to decide where Perseverance will go next, features real photos taken of the Red Planet.

On the map, Perseverance's location is highlighted using a blue and white marker, and at the time of writing it does not appear as though the rover has yet moved from its initial landing spot.

There is also a counter that shows how far the rover has driven in miles and kilometers—both currently read zero.

The rover landed on February 18, meaning it has been stationary for roughly two weeks.

Part of the reason why may be to do with the fact it generally takes between five to 20 minutes for a radio signal to travel between Earth and Mars, meaning scientists have to wait at least this long whenever they want to make contact with Perseverance.

This means that it has taken days for NASA scientists to go through their checklists and make sure the rover is working correctly, which will include confirming that its systems, subsystems, and instruments are all ready to go.

Jennifer Trosper, deputy project manager for the Mars 2020 mission at NASA, told Scientific American that teams would "try to establish the vehicle's base functions" as well as figure out exactly where the Earth is by monitoring the sun's position in the Martian sky.

Trosper said: "It'll take us about four or five days to get all that done."

Further days will be needed for Perseverance to make the switch from the software it used to land on Mars to the software it will use to drive around it.

It is not clear exactly when Perseverance will be ready to make its first move. Newsweek has contacted NASA for comment.

The rover will most likely have to move when it begins searching for an appropriate "airfield" from which the Ingenuity helicopter can take off.

A test of the first powered flight on another planet, Ingenuity will at first attempt to start its rotating blades, lift off, climb at about 3ft per second to an altitude of about 10ft, hover in place for roughly 20 seconds and then descend at 3ft per second to land.

First though, Perseverance will need to search for an appropriate take-off location that is free from rocks.

It will also need to drive away from Ingenuity in order to expose the little helicopter to sunlight so it can charge its batteries ahead of the flight.

CGI image of Perseverance
A computer-generated image, made by NASA, shows how Perseverance might look when it is conducting science experiments on the surface of Mars in future. NASA/Getty