Curiosity encountered a hurdle last Friday, when a hiccup during boot-up.
Throughout the weekend, Curiosity was sending and receiving technical data on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and otherwise operating normally, having successfully booted over 30 times without further issues
"Steven Lee, curiosity's deputy project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said:" We're still not sure of its exact cause and are gathering the relevant data for analysis. " in Pasadena, California. JPL leads the Curiosity mission. "The rover experienced a one-time computer reset but has been operating normally ever since, which is a good sign," he added.
Out of an abundance of caution, Lee said, "science operations will remain on hold until the issue is better understood." ] "In the short term, we are limiting commands to the vehicle to minimize changes to its memory," Lee said.
Curiosity is one of two NASA spacecraft studying actively the Martian surface. InSight, a stationary country, reached the planet on Nov. 26; Opportunity, which ran for more than 14 years, has completed its mission.
Curiosity has been exploring a region-dubbed "Glen Torridon-where clay minerals can be seen from orbit." Clay minerals, which are in water, are especially interesting to the rover's science team
While the Engineers Resume: The Science Team wants to continue studying the images Glen Torridon said: "The science team is eager to drill our first sample from this fascinating location," said JPL's Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity's project scientist. "We do not yet understand how this area fits into the overall history of Mount Sharp.
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