NASA launches new rover to search for signs of past Martian life

NASA’s Mars Bound Spaceship Carrying Perseverance Rover Faces Technical Issues

Kowsky The spacecraft also experienced a delay in setting up its communications link

When NASA's Perseverance rover touches down on Mars in February 2021, the mission will spend the next two years exploring one of the oldest and most intriguing sites on the red planet: Jezero Crater.

"The mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars", NASA said.

Mars 2020 sent its first signal to ground controllers via NASA's Deep Space Network at 915 am EDT (615 am PDT).

The mission team is now working to bring the spacecraft out of its standby mode, and NASA has stated that the rover is healthy and that it is now in communication with the robotic explorer.

According to an agency -Mars 2020, the space ship which was carrying NASA's new rover Perseverance to the Red planet Suddenly experienced technical difficulties and was temporarily running on essentials system only.

The spaceship has left Earth's shadow and the temperatures are now normal.

Safe mode can only be turned off by new commands from mission control, but as of now NASA says it isn't too anxious. "As our instruments investigate rocks along an ancient lake bottom and select samples to return to Earth, we may very well be reaching back in time to get the information scientists need to say that life has existed elsewhere in the universe". "Scientists have wanted a sample of Mars to study for generations".

Aboard the rover are the Sample Caching System and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a technology demonstrator that will perform up to five controlled flights. Perseverance also will collect and store rock and soil samples meant to be returned to Earth in the future.

Among the many high-tech tools on board the Perseverance, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE, is created to prove that it is in fact possible to convert Martian carbon dioxide into oxygen. Perseverance also has a helicopter testing the possibility of flight on Mars, which has far less atmospheric pressure than Earth.

Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA aims to establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through the agency's Artemis programme.

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