NASA Perseverance Mars rover healthy, exits 'safe mode'

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 1, 2020

Technical issues aside, NASA hopes the Mars rover will be able to find signs of past microscopic life on the planet, as well as study its geology in preparation for future robotic - and perhaps even human - expeditions. It is the third mission to depart Earth this summer, but the first for the United States.

Perseverance launched on July 30, 2020, kicking off a months-long journey through space.

/Public Release. View in full here. Navigation data indicate the spacecraft is perfectly on course to Mars.

It soared into the sky from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7.50am local time on Thursday under clear, sunny and warm conditions, carried by an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance.

First, the proximity of the spacecraft to Earth immediately after launch was saturating the ground station receivers of NASA's Deep Space Network.

The rover will land at Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

NASA says it has a handle on the problem, and mission controllers are now performing the requisite steps to transition the spacecraft back into normal cruise mode.

The primary goal of the mission is to answer one of the key questions of astrobiology: Are there potential signs of past microbial life, or biosignatures on the Red Planet? Two future missions now under consideration by NASA, in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency), will work together to get the samples to an orbiter for return to Earth.

Among the many high-tech tools on board the Perseverance, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE, is created to prove that it is in fact possible to convert Martian carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Aboard the rover are the Sample Caching System and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a technology demonstrator that will perform up to five controlled flights. Perseverance also has a helicopter testing the possibility of flight on Mars, which has far less atmospheric pressure than Earth. "About 290 million miles of them". We are going to Jezero Crater. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA's Artemis program. NASA's Launch Services Program, based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management, and ULA provided the Atlas V rocket.

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