NASA's Roller of Interest is busy with new discoveries on Mars. The router goes back to the Sharp Mountain since 2014 and has recently come to the clay region, which can offer new hints about the potential of the ancient Martian environment to support life.
Interestingly encountered the obstacle of the past, when the hiccup interrupted the scheduled events during the boot and activated the protective safe mode. Rover was withdrawn from this regime on Tuesday, February 19, and otherwise it works fine, successfully uploading more than 30 times without further questions.
During the weekend Curiosity sent and received technical data communicating with
"We are still not sure of its exact cause and collect the relevant data for analysis," said Stephen Lee, Deputy Head of the Curiosity Project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. in pasadena, california JPL manages the Curiosity mission. "Rover has experienced a one-time computer reboot, but has since worked fine, which is a good sign," he added. "We are now working to take a picture of our memory to better understand what might have happened."
Lee said, with great caution, the scientific operations will remain delayed until the matter is better understood.
] "In the short term, we restrict commands to the car to minimize changes in its memory," Lee said. "We do not want to destroy any evidence of what might have caused a computer reset. As a result, we expect that scientific operations will be suspended for a short period of time."
Curiosity is one of NASA's two spacecrafts that are actively exploring. the surface of Mars. InSight, a stationary landing gear, reached the planet November 26; Opportunity, which has worked more than 14 years, completed its mission.
Curiosity explores a region called "Glen Torridon", where clay minerals can be seen in orbit. Especially interesting minerals of clay, which are formed in water. Rover was specifically designed to explore ancient environments that could support life, and water plays a key role in determining this.
While engineers are turning to a computer restart, the research team will continue to study images and other data collected from Glen Torridon: the potential location of the well was only visible at a distance of 200 meters.
"The science group is trying to drum our first sample of this exciting spot," said Ashwin. "We do not yet understand how this area fits into the general history of Mount Sharp, so our recent images give us enough to think."
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