The launch of Nasa’s Mars rover Perseverance has been pushed back again again to 30 July at the earliest.
In an update, the US place agency said a complex difficulty needed to be investigated, prompting the delay.
The robot rover will look for for indicators of past daily life on the Purple World and also carries a drone-like helicopter which will show driven flight in the Martian environment.
It is scheduled to land in February 2021.
In its assertion, Nasa mentioned: “A liquid oxygen sensor line introduced off-nominal data during the Damp Costume Rehearsal, and added time is desired for the workforce to examine and evaluate.”
The mission’s first launch window prolonged from 17 July to 11 August.
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But the rover will now get extra time to start.
“Flight examination teams have expanded the mission launch possibilities to August 15 and are examining if the start interval may possibly be extended further more into August,” Nasa mentioned.
The mission requires to be launched this year, or its subsequent opportunity will come up in 2022.
The targeted launch date has been pushed back again 3 occasions, initially to 20 July, then to 22 July and now 30 July.
The Perseverance rover will land on Mars to lookup out indications of previous microbial lifestyle, if it at any time existed. It will be the initially Nasa mission to hunt straight for these “biosignatures” considering that the Viking missions in the 1970s.
The rover will gather samples of rock and soil, encase them in tubes, and go away them on the planet’s area for return to Earth at a potential date.
Perseverance will also review the Crimson Planet’s geology and exam how astronauts on upcoming Mars missions could develop oxygen from CO2 in the environment. This oxygen could be applied for breathing and for fuel.