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Curiosity experiences computer glitch

Posted on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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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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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 5 March, 2013, 4:46
Sounds like good news. Hopefully the engineer's with resovle the "A-side" issue for further redundancy.
Comment icon #2 Posted by shrooma on 6 March, 2013, 23:10
coming, straight after curiosity's first bedrock sample test.... -insert conspiracy theory here-
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew on 6 March, 2013, 23:44
It would be a great scientific tragedy if they cannot get the rover functioning properly; there is so much risk involved of getting such a vehicle to Mars and then landing successfully and a huge expense as well.
Comment icon #4 Posted by 27vet on 7 March, 2013, 9:00
I sincerely hope it can be repaired. Otherwise the next mission to Mars will have to take a repair kit.
Comment icon #5 Posted by chopmo on 7 March, 2013, 9:14
waaaaait for it... "OMG, like nasa is hiding alien bases and stuff"
Comment icon #6 Posted by ancient astronaut on 7 March, 2013, 14:10
Didn't you see transformers???
Comment icon #7 Posted by Frank Merton on 7 March, 2013, 14:37
Now I understand the Sun is shooting at it (or at least at Mars) and it had to "hunker down" until a solar storm passes.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Capt Amerika on 7 March, 2013, 17:08
Dang Java updates!


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