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Curiosity took the weekend from Science on Mars because of glitch

NASA's curiosity stirrer on Mars went into safe mode last weekend after a wrong start on February 15, but the rover normally communicates and should be able to resume science operations soon, according to a statement from the agency. The security event began just a few days after NASA formally completed its mission for its longest running rider, Opportunity who has been radio broadcast since June. Fortunately, the problems of curiosity are not as close as serious. "We are still not sure of their exact cause and gather relevant data for analysis," said Steven Lee, curiosity's assistant project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said in the statement . "The Rover experienced a single computer reset but has been functioning normally since then, which is a good sign." Beginner has not been a problem &#821 1; Curiosity has started smoothly more than 30 times. However, the team still identifies what just caused the error and how best to avoid it in the future. In order to preserve data on the event itself, science operations are temporarily left behind. "In the short term, we limit commands to the vehicle to minimize changes in its memory," Lee said. "We don't want to ruin any evidence of what might have caused the computer's recovery." While everyone should return to normal again soon, the timing is a nuisance to the Curiosity science team, who discovered an exciting rock they want to drill only 656 feet (200 meters) from the rover. It is…

NASA’s curiosity stirrer on Mars went into safe mode last weekend after a wrong start on February 15, but the rover normally communicates and should be able to resume science operations soon, according to a statement from the agency.

The security event began just a few days after NASA formally completed its mission for its longest running rider, Opportunity who has been radio broadcast since June. Fortunately, the problems of curiosity are not as close as serious.

“We are still not sure of their exact cause and gather relevant data for analysis,” said Steven Lee, curiosity’s assistant project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said in the statement . “The Rover experienced a single computer reset but has been functioning normally since then, which is a good sign.”

Beginner has not been a problem &#821

1; Curiosity has started smoothly more than 30 times. However, the team still identifies what just caused the error and how best to avoid it in the future. In order to preserve data on the event itself, science operations are temporarily left behind.

“In the short term, we limit commands to the vehicle to minimize changes in its memory,” Lee said. “We don’t want to ruin any evidence of what might have caused the computer’s recovery.”

While everyone should return to normal again soon, the timing is a nuisance to the Curiosity science team, who discovered an exciting rock they want to drill only 656 feet (200 meters) from the rover. It is part of the leracic region that curiosity recently began to explore .

“The science team is keen to drill our first test from this fascinating site,” said Ashwin Vasavada, the curiosity project scientist, in the same statement. “We do not yet understand how this area fits into the overall story of Mount Sharp so our latest photos give us much to think about.”

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