NASA has delayed the launch of its latest Mars rover but once more — to the top of July on the earliest — this time for a rocket challenge.
If the Perseverance rover is not on its method by mid-August, it should wait till 2022 when Earth and Mars are again in correct alignment, costing NASA near $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,774 crores) for the delay alone.
Managers at the moment are concentrating on no sooner than July 30 for a liftoff from Cape Canaveral, consuming up half of the monthlong launch window. The excellent news is that NASA is making an attempt to eke out extra time on this summer season’s launch alternative, now lasting till not less than August 15. The prospect to fly to Mars comes up solely each 26 months.
It’s NASA’s most formidable Mars mission but, totaling round $Three billion (roughly Rs. 22,647 crores). Apart from searching for indicators of previous microscopic Martian life, Perseverance will collect rocks and soil for eventual return to Earth.
Rocket maker United Launch Alliance wants additional time to cope with a liquid oxygen sensor line that confirmed questionable readings throughout a current observe countdown, officers mentioned Tuesday. Earlier technical issues — together with crane hassle on the pad — bumped the launch from the unique July 17 to the 20th after which to July 22.
Perseverance will nonetheless try a landing subsequent February in an historic river delta at Mars, no matter when it launches.
The United Arab Emirates and China, in the meantime, nonetheless are urgent forward with launches this month or subsequent of Mars spacecraft. Russia and the European Area Company needed to bow out, delaying their Mars rover till 2022 due to delayed spacecraft testing and journey limitations as a result of coronavirus pandemic.