Like other organizations around the world, NASA has been hit by a new crown pandemic, according tomedia BGR. The agency was forced to keep staff at home, and even those working remotely had to send instructions at home to NASA’s machines on Mars. Still, NASA has never been worried about the launch of its “Smanatly” Mars rover mission. This is a very important mission for NASA, which ensures that mission-critical staff are capable of continuing to work.
NASA, however, announced this week that it would postpone the launch date for the mission from July 17 to July 20. NASA has a good explanation for this.
Here’s the full text of NASA’s statement:
NASA and ULA are now aiming to launch the Stounma mission to Mars on Monday, July 20, with an Atlas V rocket from the space launch site of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The team needs extra time to fix a problem with the ground system equipment. The launch is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. EST and has a two-hour window.
Launching a spacecraft to Mars is completely different from sending a satellite to the moon or even sending a lunar rover. Timing is all about, and because Earth and Mars travel around the sun at different speeds, there is a chance to send missions to Mars every few years or so.
Earlier this year, the European Space Agency was forced to postpone the launch of the planned ExoMars mission. ESA announced its decision to cancel the launch in 2020, citing problems related to the new Crown virus pandemic, with a mission scheduled to begin in 2022.