Afterto a storm on Mars, machine lovers on the Red Planet began to resent NASA's still functioning Curiosity Rover. The Rover website had not received mission updates or new raw images for a week.
Now we know why.
NASA announced Friday that Curiosity suffered a "hiccup at boot" last Friday. This caused the rover to switch to safe mode and interrupted its planned scientific activities.
Curiosity has been successfully booted for over 30 times without any signs of further problems, but the Rover team still receives and checks technical data to help diagnose the Rover's mysterious issue.
"We are currently working on taking a snapshot of his memory to better understand what might have happened," said Steven Lee, Curiosity's Deputy Project Manager. NASA suspends the Rover's scientific operations during the investigation.
The rover has had some technical problems in the past, including a.
Curiosity is currently exploring an interesting new sound region of Mars called Glen Torridon. The team is examining a possible drill site at a distance of 200 meters.
Hopefully, Curiosity will soon receive the all-clear from NASA to resume its scientific duties.