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Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode'

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:45 AM

Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode'


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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars<br />
rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures<br />
taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens<br />
Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th<br />
Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's<br />
work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).<br />
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS     <br />
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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars
rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures
taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens
Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th
Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's
work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS    
› Full image and caption
Mission Status Report

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has returned to active status and is on track to resume science investigations, following two days in a precautionary standby status, "safe mode."

Next steps will include checking the rover's active computer, the B-side computer, by commanding a preliminary free-space move of the arm. The B-side computer was provided information last week about the position of the robotic arm, which was last moved by the redundant A-side computer.

The rover was switched from the A-side to the B-side by engineers on Feb. 28 in response to a memory glitch on the A-side. The A-side now is available as a back-up if needed.

"We expect to get back to sample-analysis science by the end of the week," said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Engineers quickly diagnosed the software issue that prompted the safe mode on March 16 and know how to prevent it from happening again.

Other upcoming activities include preparations for a moratorium on transmitting commands to Curiosity during most of April, when Mars will be passing nearly directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective. The moratorium is a precaution against interference by the sun corrupting a command sent to the rover.

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project is using Curiosity and the rover's 10 science instruments to investigate environmental history within Gale Crater, a location where the project has found that conditions were long ago favorable for microbial life. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

More information about Curiosity is online at http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ . You can follow the mission on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity .

Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 20 March 2013 - 01:45 AM, said:


Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode'



Great, thanks.  Back to work Curiosity.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:11 PM

Yes!! Good to hear.






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