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Pablo Tucker
July 31, 2020

Perseverance is the latest USA lander headed to Mars.

The robotic explorer was propelled into space by an Atlas 5 rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between private aerospace companies Boeing and Lockheed. This wonderful explorer's journey has already required the very best from all of us to get it to launch through these challenging times. "Everything's fine, and we're on our way to Mars". "As a mission, as an agency, and as a country, we will persevere". According to NASA, this issue might have occurred when Mars 2020 was still in Earth's shadow after it launches.

And after eight years of careful planning, invention and checking off a high-tech packing list, NASA's fifth Mars rover was ready for launch. However, telemetry (more detailed spacecraft data) had not yet been acquired at that point.

When a spacecraft enters safe mode, all but essential systems are turned off until it receives new commands from mission control. "Safe mode is a stable and acceptable mode for the spacecraft, and triggering safe mode during this transitional phase is not problematic for Mars 2020". As of writing, NASA is working to perform full health assessments on the spacecraft and is working to return it to a nominal configuration. The ambitious mission will be NASA's first to look for signs of past life on Mars and follows China's own rover mission to the red planet earlier this month. NASA and DOE are already planning for their next goal: NASA's Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon, Titan, in 2026, which will also be powered by DOE, he said.

Perseverance's onboard instruments will drill seven centimetres down to collect scientifically compelling samples, before placing them in titanium tubes for protection.

Once on the surface, Perseverance will scrounge for evidence of past microscopic life in an ancient lakebed, and gather the most promising rock samples for future pickup. Two NASA landers are operating there, InSight and Curiosity.

However, since Mars 2020 was too close to Earth and not yet in deep space, the network was not able to properly process the signals sent by the spacecraft. The seven instruments on board the orbiter comprise two cameras, the Mars orbiting subsurface scanning radar, the Mars mineralogy spectrometer, the Mars magnetometer, the Mars ion and neutral particle analyzer, and the energy particle analyzer. from Mars.

Perseverance will conduct an experiment to convert elements of the carbon dioxide-rich Martian atmosphere into propellant for future rockets launching off the planet's surface, or to produce breathable oxygen for future astronauts. Engineers hope to perform several flights of Ingenuity over 30 days to test its performance. The data acquired during these flight tests will help the next generation of Mars helicopters provide an aerial dimension to Mars explorations potentially scouting for rovers and human crews, transporting small payloads, or investigating difficult-to-reach destinations. The only hiccup was a minor natural disaster felt at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the control center for the mission, shortly before liftoff; the quake did not affect center operations. It is also the first Chinese rover mission to Mars, putting it on the same level as other world powers traveling to space like the United States. But if there was ever a team that could make it happen, it is this one. We are going to Jezero Crater.

The launch's momentum, combined with the boost from our planet's axial rotation, will carry the rover spacecraft and propel it more than 314 million miles to Mars.

A replica of the Mars rover Perseverance is displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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