NASA, SpaceX, and many other space agencies across the globe are motivated enough to reach Mars for either colonization or exploration. But are there astronomers really prepared for such an ambitious project? We may never know for sure until we’ll see their plans in action.
NASA’s Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch towards Mars this year, but it will experience a slight delay due to an issue with equipment from the Kennedy Space Center held up encapsulation of the spacecraft.
New launch date: July 22
Luckily for us all, the delay lasts only for two days. The Perseverance Rover will still be launched to the Red Planet with the goal of exploring its surface and searching for signs of alien life. NASA explained in a brief statement the reason for the delay:
Additional time was needed to resolve a contamination concern in the ground support lines in NASA’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF),
NASA’s Perseverance rover is included in the Mars Exploration Program, and it has a planned launch on 22 July 2020 at 13:35 UTC. The touch down will be in the Jezero crater of the Red Planet on February 18, 2021.
The rover will be investigating an ancient environment on Mars, as well as its surface geological processes and history. The rover will add emphasis on the assessment of the past habitability of Mars. We know for sure that the Red Planet once had rivers of water, which can act as the perfect environment for life to emerge and develop. If we look at how things are going on Earth, there are no life forms able to survive without liquid water. While it’s theoretically possible that life can exist in other forms that we don’t know about, the models we see on Earth represent our best bet for trying to understand how life works (biologically speaking).