NASA spoke about communication and temperature problems aboard the launch device that sent the Perseverance rover to Mars. The device went into “safe mode”, but scientists assure that the situation is under control.
NASA said that after the launch of the Perseverance rover, the mission encountered problems, so the rover was put into “safe mode”. Now scientists are working to bring the spacecraft out of standby mode, while the device itself is working normally and is in contact with researchers.
The first problem is related to the proximity of the spacecraft to the Earth – other spacecraft saturated the devices of NASA scientists with signals, which interfered with the control of the rocket. Scientists faced the same problem during the launch of the Curiosity rover in 2011. The team was able to tune the signals and enable telemetry blocking to resolve the issue.
The second problem is related to the temperature of the ship – it dropped lower than expected, so the device automatically went into “safe mode”. NASA notes that the situation is not abnormal – the alarm is triggered even at tolerable temperatures so that the device remains operational.
The Perseverance rover was launched on July 30 at 2:50 pm Moscow time (7:50 am ET) on Thursday, July 30 from Launch Center 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This is the main stage of the Mars 2020 mission – the device costs 2.7 billion dollars. If all goes according to plan, the car-sized rover will land in Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
Every day, the rover will cover an average of 200 m in one Martian day. He will conduct research related to the search for traces of the habitation of microorganisms on the planet. In addition, the researchers want to better understand the geological processes on Mars and collect rock samples. Together with the rover, an unmanned Mars Helicopter flew to the planet.