"For starters, the rover's handlers will spend the next few Martian days, or sols, getting Perseverance up to speed in its new digs. (A sol lasts 24 hours and 40 minutes, just slightly longer than an Earth day.) The team will stabilize the six-wheeled robot's power, thermal and communications systems so that new, surface-tailored flight software can be uploaded from Earth, Mars 2020 deputy project manager Jennifer Trosper said during a post-landing news conference yesterday.
As this "critical infrastructure" work is proceeding, "we're also doing other health checks of other instruments," said Trosper, who's based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "Over the course of the three sols or four sols of these early activities, we'll get all the instrument health checks done; we'll charge the rover battery.
Perseverance's head-like, instrument-laden mast will also be deployed in these first few sols, allowing great new imagery to be captured. " - space.com
The first color images of the area are supposed to be taken on Sol 3. New software upload on Sol 4. Then another 4 days of getting that software online and functioning. Then the rover has to drive to an area suitable for an airfield drop Ingenuity and drive to safe distance - that's another 10 Sols or so. First flight is a few weeks off yet. Helicopter flights will happen during the spring, and major science work gets rolling in the summer. (Earth spring and summer, I mean.
You know why I love space and think it should be the number 1 priority for spending/effort?
Because when you ask people about stuff like these rovers and satellites exploring Luna or Mars or whatever...their answer is almost universally "Wow! That's cool that we have an actual machine on another planet!"
The cool thing isn't that there is a machine on the planet. The cool part is that, no matter who the person is, where they live, what their religion is, what their political background is, or their societal mindset...they almost all say... "we". It's not "they". It's "we", as in they feel like they are a part of it, along with every other human on the planet.
I can't think of a single thing on Earth where people's initial reaction is to think of everyone else on earth, Humans, all of us, as ONE PEOPLE.
That's why I love it idea of space travel and space efforts!