Now you can breathe easy – everything works fine with NASA the recently launched Mars Rover Perseverance.
Perseverance entered a “safe mode” of protection Shortly after yesterday’s (July 30) lift because part of the spacecraft got a little colder than expected when it approached Earth’s shadow.
NASA officials stressed at the time that this development had no special impact and that Perseverance, the agency’s $ 2.7 billion hub Mission of March 2020, would probably bounce back quickly. This optimism was optimized: the rover has come out of safe mode and has resumed normal operations, mission team members announced today (July 31).
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“With the exit in safe mode, the team is heading into the interplanetary cruise business,” said Mars 2020 project deputy director Matt Wallace of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. he said in an update today. “Next stop, Jezero Crater.”
Perseverance will reach the interior of the 18-mile (21-kilometer) 18-kilometer-long Jezero on February 18, 2021. The crater occupied a lake and a river delta billions of years ago and the rover car-sized will search the area to find signs of antique. life and characterize in detail its geology.
Perseverance will also collect and memorize several dozen samples on Mars, which is a joint campaign by NASA / European Space Agency will return to Earth, possibly as early as 2031.
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March 2020 will also hold several technology demonstrations. For example, one of Perseverance’s instruments will generate oxygen from Mars ’carbon-dominated atmosphere. The mission also has a small one helicopter called Ingenuity, who will try to make the first rotor flights to otherworldly skies.
Mars 2020 is one of three missions currently heading to the Red Planet. The United Arab Emirates Orbit of hope and that of China Tianwen-1 orbiter-ground-rover mission released on July 19 and 23, respectively. All of these vessels are scheduled to arrive on Mars in February 2021.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the pursuit of other people’s lives. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.