NASA Pushes Launch of Mars 2020 Mission to No Earlier Than July 30 Written 1 July 2020


Artist’s concept of the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, slated to launch on NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission. | NASA/JPL-Caltech

CBS News reports that NASA announced Tuesday that the agency and United Launch Alliance has delayed the launch of the Mars 2020 mission to no earlier than July 30. In a NASA “blog post, the latest delay was blamed on ‘a liquid oxygen sensor line’ that showed ‘off-nominal data’ during a dress-rehearsal countdown June 22 when the Atlas 5 rocket, without its payload, was loaded with propellant.” For this reason, NASA said, “Additional time is needed for the team to inspect and evaluate.”
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