Mars-Bound Spaceship Experiencing Technical Issues: NASA: The spaceship has left Earth’s shadow and the temperatures are actually regular (File)
Mars-Bound Spaceship Experiencing Technical Issues: NASA
Mars 2020, the spaceship carrying NASA’s new rover Perseverance to the Purple Planet, is experiencing technical difficulties and is working on important programs solely, the company mentioned Thursday.
“Information point out the spacecraft had entered a state often called protected mode, doubtless as a result of part of the spacecraft was somewhat colder than anticipated whereas Mars 2020 was in Earth’s shadow,” NASA mentioned.
The spaceship has left Earth’s shadow and the temperatures are actually regular.
When a vessel enters protected mode, it shuts down all however important programs till it receives new instructions from mission management. “Proper now, the Mars 2020 mission is finishing a full well being evaluation on the spacecraft and is working to return the spacecraft to a nominal configuration for its journey to Mars,” added NASA.
The spacecraft additionally skilled a delay in establishing its communications hyperlink with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, its mission management.
Mars 2020 despatched its first sign to floor controllers at 9:15 am (1315 GMT) but it surely was not till 11:30 am (1530 GMT) that it established telemetry — extra detailed spacecraft information.
Matt Wallace, the mission’s deputy undertaking supervisor, mentioned that the truth that the spaceship had entered protected mode was not overly regarding.
“That is completely superb, the spacecraft is completely satisfied there,” he mentioned.
“The group is working by that telemetry, they are going to look by the remainder of the spacecraft well being.
“To date, all the pieces I’ve seen appears to be like good, so we’ll know extra in somewhat bit.”
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