Mars 2020, the spaceship carrying NASA’s new rover Perseverance to the Red Planet, is experiencing technical difficulties and is working on important methods solely, the company stated Thursday.
“Data indicate the spacecraft had entered a state known as safe mode, likely because a part of the spacecraft was a little colder than expected while Mars 2020 was in Earth’s shadow,” NASA stated.
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 methods till it receives new instructions from mission management. “Right now, the Mars 2020 mission is completing a full health assessment 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 organising 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 (6:45 pm IST) however it was not till 11:30 am (9:00 pm IST) that it established telemetry — extra detailed spacecraft information.
Matt Wallace, the mission’s deputy venture supervisor, stated that the truth that the spaceship had entered protected mode was not overly regarding.
“That’s perfectly fine, the spacecraft is happy there,” he stated.
“The team is working through that telemetry, they’re going to look through the rest of the spacecraft health.
“So far, all the things I’ve seen appears good, so we’ll know extra in a little bit bit.”