That's good news! That's why they load two computers onboard. While at teh Virginia Air and Space Center I talked to one of the reps from JPL that was visiting for a demo on the day before the landing and asked her why they used such relatively antiquated computers with Power-PC CPU's. She explained that nearly all missions use these computers because they are incredibly reliable and proven, fully hardened against radiation and are very well understood and known.
What is more interesting is how incredibly reliable and successful this mission has been. The computer glitches are the first real problem the Rover has had and they put two identicakl computers onboard for just this reason. Curiosity is arguably the most complex machine that has ever landed on another planet so one would expect myriad problems yet the thing has operated flawlessly till Computer A dumped. They brought Computer B up and it hiccupped and then came back on-line and they are fully functional again. It has basically completed its mission already and is now on to other science yet you guys want to cry cover-up. Why? You should be applauding the openness of the data delivered and the truly remarkable science this machine is doing on another planet.
Edited by Merc14, 20 March 2013 - 05:20 PM.