Cape Canvas, Fla. – A Joint Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas v rocket Rolled up on pad on Tuesday (July 28) in preparation for launch NASA Perseverance Rover Towards Mars.
The mission is scheduled to explode from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a two-hour window on Thursday (30 July), which opens at 7:50 pm EDT (1150 GMT).
The rocket emerged from the Vehicle Integration Facility (VIF) at SLC-41 at 10:30 am EDT (1400 GMT), before completing 1,800 feet (548 m) ahead of its journey. red Planet. Gold and white rockets sat atop mobile launch platforms; The trek to the launch pad took 35 or 40 minutes, with the rocket stopping for a short break during the journey.
Together, the rocket and spacecraft weigh 1.8 million pounds. (820,000 kg) and travel pads with the help of railway and trackmobile machines under the mobile launch platform. The 200-foot-long (60 m) rocket reached the top of the launch pad just after 11 am EDT (1500 GMT) and would sit on top of the pad until the countdown began on Thursday morning.
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When it takes flight, the rocket will send NASA’s latest Mars rover, Dubsmash Perseverance, to the Red Planet. The nearly seven-month journey will end in an intense landing sequence that – if all goes well – keep the car-shaped robot safely in. Jagero crater On February 18, 2021.
The rover would then spend at least one Mars year, or about two Earth years, exploring an ancient river delta dotted inside the Jozero crater. The site is home to an ancient Martian lake the size of Lake Tahoe, located on the border between California and Nevada. The river delta is considered one of the best places to see signs of ancient Martian life.
NASA scientists are not expecting to find ancient fossils or bones, but instead are looking for evidence behind those single-celled organisms that may have settled in the region millions of years ago.
It must be launched before the rover can discover such traces. To that end, NASA and ULA officials a Launch review review Yesterday (27 July) and determined that the rocket was ready to take off.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said during a news conference yesterday, “The launch readiness review is complete, and we’re really going to launch.”
The fixture Mars rover is securely affixed to the top of the vehicle inside the nose cone of the rocket. The flight in the second most powerful configuration – known as the 541 configuration – will produce the powerful Atlas V 2.3 million lbs. (1 million kg) thrust into weightlifting. This power comes thanks to an additional boost from the vehicle’s RD-180 main engine and four solid rocket motors attached to the rocket.
“Don’t blink [when watching the launch], “ULA CEO Tory Bruno advised yesterday during the same news conference. He pointed out that Atlas is going to jump off the pad because it carries a relatively small payload.
Launch preparations began on July 7, when the Rover, as well as A. Small helicopter called Ingenuity, The payloads had penetrated the fair and piled on top of the rocket. Ingenuity will attempt to become the first rotorcraft to fly on another planet and link the long journey to Mars with the belly plate of the firmament.
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The engineers spent two weeks conducting a series of tests to ensure that the spacecraft was properly attached to the rocket. Finally, on July 22, the final component was installed: the rover’s power source. Firmness depends on a Nuclear powered generator known as MMRTG. The special fuel source converts heat into electrical energy that will power the rover over its lifetime.
The rover is carrying a sophisticated suite of scientific instruments, more than 20 different cameras and two microphones that will record sound on Mars. All these devices earn the Perseverance Rover a special exaggeration – the most advanced robot explorer NASA has ever sent into deep space.
In addition to conducting a host of science experiments, the rover is charged with Collecting samples Martian dirt and rocks that will bring future missions back to Earth. Once back on Earth, Martian samples will be used by scientists for decades to better understand the history of the red planet.
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