The launch of the new NASA Perseverance rover with a special helicopter on board was postponed until July 22 due to problems with ground support equipment in the space center named after Kennedy.
This caused a delay in the encapsulation of the space probe inside the fairing in the Atlas 5 rocket. According to the agency, the new launch date for the Mars-2020 mission was postponed for several days.
On July 22, a two-hour launch window opens – at 9:35 a.m. EST. If there are new delays, NASA has time until August 11th – then the mission will start this year and reach Mars in 7 months.
“It took extra time to solve the pollution problem in land support lines at the hazardous cargo handling facility,” the agency’s brief statement said.