NASA has once again postponed the launch of its latest Mars probe-as early as the end of July-this time because of a rocket problem.
If the Perseverance rover does not arrive before mid-August, it will have to wait until the Earth and Mars resume proper docking in 2022. Only due to this delay, NASA will have to pay nearly 500 million US dollars (about 37.74 billion rupees). .
The managers now aim to lift off from Cape Canaveral no later than July 30, swallowing half of the month-long launch window. The good news is that NASA is trying to buy more time in the launch event this summer, which currently lasts at least until August 15. There is a chance to fly to Mars every 26 months.
This is NASA’s most ambitious mission to Mars to date, totaling approximately US$3 billion (approximately Rs 22,647 crore). In addition to looking for signs of microscopic Martian life in the past, perseverance can also collect rocks and soil and eventually return to Earth.
Officials said on Tuesday that the rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance needed extra time to process the liquid oxygen sensor production line, which showed suspicious readings in a recent countdown. Previous technical concerns-including a malfunctioning crane on the mat-delayed the launch from the original July 17th to the 20th, and then to July 22nd.
The gritty will still try to land in the Furukawa Delta of Mars in February next year, whenever it launches.
At the same time, the United Arab Emirates and China are continuing to advance the launch of this month or the next Mars probe. Russia and the European Space Agency had to withdraw and postpone their Mars probe until 2022 due to the delay in spacecraft testing and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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