The rover was successfully launched abort a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft was apparently too close to NASA's Deep Space Network - a system of ground-based antennas created to communicate to deep space - causing a signal saturation at the ground receivers, which prevented proper receipt of the telemetry data, according to NASA.
On Thursday morning, NASA will launch a historic mission to Mars.
First, the proximity of the spacecraft to Earth immediately after launch was saturating the ground station receivers of NASA's Deep Space Network.
Safe mode can only be turned off by new commands from mission control, but as of now NASA says it isn't too anxious.
The Martian rock and dust Perseverance's Sample Caching System collects could answer fundamental questions about the potential for life to exist beyond Earth. And given the difficulty of this multi-pronged return journey of the samples, they won't land on Earth until 2031, at the earliest.
Among the many high-tech tools on board the Perseverance, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE, is created to prove that it is in fact possible to convert Martian carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Also, future-leaning is the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which will remain attached to the belly of Perseverance for the flight to Mars and the first 60 or so days on the surface. Over 31 Earth days, the helicopter will undertake up to five flights on Mars. But if there was ever a team that could make it happen, it is this one. "Next stop, Jezero Crater". "We will see you there February 18, 2021".
The United States plans to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s under a program that envisions using a return to the moon as a testing platform for human missions before making the more ambitious crewed Martian voyage.