Mars 2020, the spaceship carrying NASA’s new rover Perseverance to the Purple Planet, is experiencing technical difficulties and is operating on important methods solely, the company stated Thursday.
“Knowledge point out the spacecraft had entered a state often known as protected mode, seemingly as a result of part of the spacecraft was slightly colder than anticipated whereas 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. “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, stated that the truth that the spaceship had entered protected mode was not overly regarding.
“That is completely high quality, the spacecraft is glad there,” he stated.
“The staff is working by way of that telemetry, they’ll look by way of the remainder of the spacecraft well being.
“To date, every part I’ve seen seems to be good, so we’ll know extra in slightly bit.”
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