You can breathe easy now: everything is officially right with NASA New Beginning Mars Margie Perseverance.
Firmness Went into a protective “safe mode” Just yesterday (July 30) after its liftoff, because some part of the spacecraft had cooled off a bit earlier than expected when it flew off the Earth’s shadow.
NASA officials at the time insisted that the development was not specifically related and that persistence, the agency’s $ 240 billion centerpiece Mars 2020 Mission, Likely bounce back quickly. This optimism was born: the rover exited safe mode and resumed normal operation, the mission team members announced today (31 July).
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“With the exit of safe mode, the team is stepping down for the interplanetary cruise business,” said Matt Wallace, deputy project manager for Mars 2020, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tool in Pasadena, California, Said today in an update. “Next stop, Jezero Crater.”
On February 18, 2021, a 28-mile-wide (45-kilometer) landing will take place firmly inside the jzero. Millions of years ago the crater swept a lake and river delta, and a car-shaped rover would search the area for signs of ancient life and by extension its geology feature.
Perseverance will also collect and cache several dozen samples on Mars, a joint NASA / European space agency expedition Will return to earth, Possibly as early as 2031.
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Mars 2020 will also host several technology demonstrations. For example, a device of solidity would produce oxygen from Mars’ carbon dioxide-enhanced atmosphere. The mission also has a small facility Helicopter called Ingenuity, Which will attempt to make rotorcraft flights for the first time in the skies of another world.
Mars 2020 is one of three missions that are currently making their way towards the Red Planet. United Arab Emirates’ Revolt of hope And china Tianwen-1 Orbiter-Lander-Rover Mission Launched on 19 July and 23 July respectively. All these crafts are scheduled to hit Mars in February 2021.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out That” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tait), a book about the discovery of alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.