Spacecraft Transporting NASA’s New Mars Rover Temporarily Shuts Down Day After Launch
The spacecraft transporting the United States’ new Perseverance rover to Mars encountered a problem just a day after launch, causing it to briefly shut down, the US space agency NASA announced.
The problem has since been fixed.
According to the space agency, shortly after the Mars 2020 mission spacecraft was placed on a trajectory that will carry it from Earth to Mars, it entered safe mode, causing all but its most essential systems to shut down for a period of time.
The problem? A shadow! A sensor on the craft indicated part of it was slightly colder than expected. NASA announced on Friday