NASA Mars 2020 Spacecraft Exits Safe Mode, Resumes Normal Operations Written 3 August 2020


Mars 2020 Spacecraft | NASA/JPL

Spaceflight Now reported that NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission “resumed normal operations Friday after cold temperatures forced the spacecraft into safe mode soon after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral.” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars 2020 Mission Deputy Project Manager Matt Wallace said, “With safe mode exit, the team is getting down to the business of interplanetary cruise.” The spacecraft “detected colder temperatures than expected as it flew in Earth’s shadow, a phase of the mission known as an eclipse. After flying back into sunlight, the spacecraft powered up its radio transmitter and began sending signals to ground teams through” NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). The “powerful transmissions from the Mars 2020 spacecraft – while it was still near Earth – saturated” DSN’s receivers. That “has happened on previous missions, NASA officials said, and ground teams soon resolved the minor issue to establish a stable lock on Mars 2020.” 
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