Just days after NASA gave up on the Opportunity rover, they had to pause scientific work of the Curiosity probe after a sudden ‘hiccup’ during boot-up.
NASA announced Friday that Curiosity experienced a “hiccup during boot-up” the previous Friday. This triggered the rover to go into safe mode and interrupted its planned science activities.
“We’re still not sure of its exact cause and are gathering the relevant data for analysis,” said Steven Lee, Curiosity’s deputy project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. JPL leads the Curiosity mission.
“The rover experienced a one-time computer reset but has operated normally ever since, which is a good sign,” he added. “We’re currently working to take a snapshot of its memory to better understand what might have happened.”
Curiosity rover has run into some technical problems in the past, including a.
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The rover has been climbing Mount Sharp since 2014. It recently reached a clay region that may offer new clues about the ancient Martian environment’s potential to support life.
The team is observing a possible drilling location at a distance of 656 feet (200 meters) away.
“The science team is eager to drill our first sample from this fascinating location,” said JPL’s Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist. “We don’t yet understand how this area fits into the overall history of Mount Sharp, so our recent images give us plenty to think about.”
Curiosity is one of two NASA spacecraft actively studying the Martian surface. InSight, a stationary lander, reached the planet on Nov. 26; Opportunity, which ran for more than 14 years, has completed its mission.
Thumbnail image: After a reset, Curiosity is operating normally. The rover is currently exploring a region of Mount Sharp nicknamed “Glen Torridon” that has lots of clay minerals. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech