Nasa's Perseverance Rover  Along for the Ride

on Mars Has a 'Pet Rock'

The rover has collected

 a "pet rock" tucked inside its left front wheel that has been riding along with Perseverance since early February

So far, its ridden 

across 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers) with the Perseverance rover as it drives across its Jezero Crater home on Mars. 

This rock isn't doing 

any damage to the wheel, but throughout its journey, it has made periodic appearances in left Hazcam images

Perseverance picked up

 the small Mars rock on Feb. 4, At the time, Perseverance was exploring a rock formation called "Máaz

Since then, Perseverance

 has carried the rock north across its landing site, and then west across the remains a region called "Kodiak

The rover is currently

 in the midst of what NASA calls its Delta Front Campaign and may have drilled into its first sedimentary Mars rock

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