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Mars Curiosity Rover flicks over to backup computer successfully

Curiosity Rover successfully flicks over to its backup computer, will be operational within a week

By: Anthony Garreffa from Mar 4, 2013 @ 23:35 CST

We reported yesterday that NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover hit a snag, and was forced into "safe mode" after an issue with its flash memory, but the Rover has now successfully come out of safe mode and will resume full operations next week.


NASA engineers still don't know why the primary system experienced a memory problem, but they do hope they can restore it to some working order. The Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager for JPL, Richard Cook, says:

One path of progress is evaluating the A-side with intent to recover it as a backup. Also, 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.


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