We’re close to the beginning of the Mars journey of the Perseverance rover. But today’s news comes that the launch has been delayed for several days. NASA and the United Launch Alliance announced that the latest launch was wednesday, July 22, at 9:35 a.m. EST at the 41space launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which will have a two-hour launch window.
The original launch of the Stounma was scheduled for July 17, but was postponed to July 20 due to ground system equipment problems, and then to the 22nd we just said.
According to NASA, the latest date change was due to “processing delays encountered during spacecraft encapsulation activities” because “it will take time to address the contamination of ground support lines in NASA’s payload hazard service facilities.” The space agency clarified that the ATLAS V rocket and the rover itself were not a problem.
The Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Mars’ Jezero crater one day in February 2021, making it the first spacecraft in planetary exploration history to accurately target landing sites. Once there, the probe will begin exploring ancient habitable conditions, potential microbial life, and more on the Red Planet.