You can now breathe easily: officially, everything is fine with NASA the recently launched Rover Perseverance rover,,
perseverance switched to safe mode shortly after taking off yesterday (July 30), as part of the spacecraft became a little colder than expected as it approached the Earth’s shadow.
At the time, NASA officials stressed that this development was not particularly affecting and that the persistence that underlies the agency’s $ 2.7 billion Mars 2020 Missionwill probably bounce back quickly. This optimism was backed up: The rover has left safe mode and resumed normal operations, mission team members announced today (July 31
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“With the exit from safe mode, the team is embarking on the business of an interplanetary cruise,” Deputy Head of the Mars 2020 Project Matt Wallace of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. said in an update today, “Next stop, Jezero Crater.”
Perseverance will land inland 28 kilometers (45 kilometers) Jezero on February 18, 2021. The crater surrounded a lake and river delta billions of years ago, and a car-sized rover will search the area for signs of ancient life and characterize its geology in detail. .
Persistence will collect and cache several dozen samples on Mars, a joint campaign of NASA / European Space Agency will return to Earth, probably in 2031.
Connected: The mission of the rover Mars Perseverance in photos
Mars 2020 will also hold several technology demonstrations. For example, one of Perseverance’s instruments will generate oxygen from Mars’ carbon-dominated atmosphere. The mission includes a small one a helicopter called Ingenuity, which will try to make the first-ever flights of rotary ships in the sky of another world.
Mars 2020 is one of three missions currently hiding on its way to the Red Planet. The United Arab Emirates ” Hope orbiter and China Tianwen-1 mission orbiter-catcher-rover starts on July 19 and 23, respectively. All these vessels are scheduled to arrive on Mars in February 2021.
Mike Wall is the author of Out of There (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.