Afterfor a dust storm on Mars, fans of machines on the red planet were beginning to get antsy about NASA's still-acting curiosity rover. Rover's website had not received mission updates or new raw pictures for a week.
Now we know why.
On Friday, NASA announced that curiosity saw a "hiccup during boot-up" the previous Friday. This led the rover to go into security condition and cut off his planned science activities.
The novelty has since successfully started up over 30 times with no evidence of further problems, but the rooster team is still receiving and reviewing technical data to diagnose mysterious issues.
"We are currently working on a snapshot of its memory to better understand what might have happened," said Steven Lee, New York's Deputy Project Manager. NASA stops the rover's science operations as it examines.
The rover has previously been known for some technical snafus, including a.
For curiosity, there is currently exploration of an interesting new clay area in Mars called Glen Torridon. The team is looking at a possible drilling site at a distance of 656 meters away.
Hopefully, curiosity will soon make it clear from NASA to resume its scientific duties.