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NASA: Mars rover Perseverance in ‘safe mode’ right after start, but must get well

NASA: Mars rover Perseverance in 'safe mode' after launch, but should recover

NASA is celebrating the start of its most superior Mars rover at any time currently (July 30), even as engineers deal with a glitch that still left the spacecraft in a protective “secure method” soon just after liftoff. 

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launched toward the Crimson Earth at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT), using an Atlas V rocket into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover seasoned insignificant communications and temperature glitches right after start, but the concerns aren’t expected to damage the mission as a complete, NASA officials explained.

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