The Mars rover has been temporarily suspended due to malfunctions in the primary computer's flash memory.
Controllers placed the robot in "minimal activity safe mode" while they switched its functions over to the backup computer. The old "A-side" computer is now being evaluated to see if the issues can be resolved while diagnostics are performed on the "B-side" computer to get the rover back up and running again. Fortunately things appear to be going well and Curiosity should be back online next week.
"We need to go through a series of steps with the B-side, such as informing the computer about the state of the rover – the position of the arm, the position of the mast, that kind of information," said project manager Richard Cook.
"The team has yet to determine what caused the memory problems, NASA said, but emphasised that the rover never lost contact with Earth."
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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