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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Working Again After Glitch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover resumed full operations on Monday, July 11, 2016, following an investigation by NASA engineers to determine why the rover put itself into a safe standby mode on July 2. The rover team brought Curiosity out of safe mode on July 9.
NASA says that the most likely cause of entry into safe mode was due to a software mismatch in one mode of how image data are transferred on board. Future science activity planning for the rover is avoiding use of that mode, which involves writing images from some cameras’ memories into files on the rover’s main computer. Curiosity has alternate means available for handling and transmitting all image data.
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