NASA launched the “Persistence” rover on July 30, launching it into space on an Atlas V rocket. If all goes according to plan, the rover will arrive on Mars in February 2021 for a new mission: looking for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Although the launch was a success, for the crew of the rover, there was a minor accident after the launch — the Perseverance entered safe mode on its own and shut down all systems except the basic system.
NASA reported that about three hours after launch, they used their deep space network to get the first signal from the Stowe rover. Later that morning, however, NASA later received another signal from the rover that it had entered safe mode, a security feature designed to protect the machine when its computer detected poor living conditions. NASA has not expressed concern, saying it believes the unexpected low temperatures in the Earth’s shadow triggered the event.
On July 31, the Mars 2020 mission team sent back the latest news, saying that everything was fine and that Perseverance had returned to normal insecure mode. As expected, the space agency said the probe entered this state because one of its sensors was triggered by extra low temperatures in the Earth’s shadow.
Mission Control sent an order to the Perseverance to get it back to normal, and now they’re “on an interstellar cruise,” according to Matt Wallace, the mission’s project manager. The Perseverance, carrying a small helicopter and various detection tools, sailed safely to Mars.