The next Mars Rover of NASA will bear to the Red planet an acknowledgment of the heroic healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 virus around the world. A commemorative plate attached to the rover has been suitably named Perseverance. It is done to honor the doctors, nurses, and other frontline warriors treating people suffering from COVID-19. “We want to validate our appreciation for those who have put their well-being on the line for the good of others,” said Perseverance deputy project manager Matt Wallace, of NASA’s jet propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, in his statement.
The black and white aluminum plate measuring 8 by 13 centimeters is attached. It shows Earth atop a staff entangled with a serpent, a symbol of the medical community. The plate has been affixed to the left side of the six-wheeled Perseverance’s chassis. It between the middle and rear wheels, a NASA official said. “They inspire us. I think, though this period, we hope that this mission in some small way can inspire them in return,” Wallace said.
NASA Mars Rover mission was hit as were others.
The pandemic hit as mission engineers and technicians were beginning final preparations for launch, which will take place at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.”It began to affect us in mid-March, Wallace said during a news conference. “We were at a critical time in the processing of the spacecraft. All of the elements were down at Kennedy Space Center. We had to fully assemble and do the final testing of the spacecraft. It had to be done right – you can’t make a mistake at that point – and of course, the environment made that a lot more difficult.”It’s hard enough preparing a spacecraft for Mars, but doing it in the middle of a pandemic made it even harder, Wallace said.
Additional work shifts were added to reduce the number of people working. Others had to work from home. The concept behind the mission. This mission is to seek signs of past microbial life on Mars. It will also collect rock and soil samples for eventual return to Earth is considered essential by the space agency.
If the rover isn’t launched by mid-August, it would need to wait until 2022. It will be launched when Earth and Mars are black in Proper alignment. The two-year delay could add up to $500 million to $3 billion to the cost of the mission. Perseverance is one of the three upcoming missions to Mars. The United Arab Emirates and China also are preparing spacecrafts for launch to the red planet by mid-August.