You can breathe easily: everything is officially fine with NASA recently launched rover Rover Perseverance.
Persistence switched to protective “safe mode” shortly after its departure yesterday (July 30), as part of the spacecraft became slightly colder than expected when it increased through the Earth’s shadow.
At the time, NASA officials stressed that the situation was not particularly relevant and that persistence was $ 2.7 billion. Mars 2020 Missionwill likely bounce back quickly. This optimism was confirmed: the rover went out of safe mode and resumed normal operation, members of the mission team said today (July 31).
Current updates: NASA mission Mars Rover Persistence in real time
“When in safe mode, the team begins to engage in an interplanetary cruise,” – Deputy Project Manager “Mars 2020” Matt Wallace from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in an update today. “Next stop, crater” Lake “.
Perseverance will land within 28 miles (45 kilometers) of Lake on February 18, 2021. The crater held the lake and river delta billions of years ago, and a car-sized rover will search the area for signs of ancient life and detail its geology.
Perseverance will also collect and store dozens of samples on Mars, a joint campaign of NASA / European Space Agency. will return to Earth, possibly in 2031.
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Mars 2020 will also hold several technology demonstrations. For example, one of the Perseverance devices will generate oxygen from Mars’ atmosphere, which is dominated by carbon dioxide. The mission is also small helicopter called Ingenuity, which will try to make the first-ever flights on rotary ships in the sky of another world.
Mars 2020 is one of three missions currently making its way to the Red Planet. United Arab Emirates ‘ Orbit of hope and China Tianwen-1 orbital-landing-rover mission launched on July 19 and 23, respectively. All these ships are scheduled to arrive on Mars in February 2021.
Mike Wall is the author of the book “Ibid.” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book about the search for an alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.