NASA experts have reported on the flight of the new Perseverance rover after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral. The rover got colder than expected, so it entered “safe mode” but will soon be back on.
NASA is celebrating the historic launch of its most advanced rover – even as engineers are solving an issue that caused the probe to go into protective mode immediately after launch.
The agency said there were minor temperature glitches after launching the rover, but these issues would not harm the mission as a whole. “It was an amazing launch,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
“The data shows that the spacecraft entered a state known as ‘safe mode’ due to temperature differences as it entered the Earth’s shadow,” the agency said in a statement. However, mission engineers receive test reports that the flight is proceeding normally.