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Curiosity Rover on the Move Again

8 Nov 2018, 20:19 UTC
Curiosity Rover on the Move Again
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NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drove about 197 feet (60 meters) over the weekend to a site called Lake Orcadie, pushing its total odometry to over 12 miles (20 kilometers). This was Curiosity's longest drive since experiencing a memory anomaly on Sept. 15. The rover switched to a spare computer, called the Side-A computer, on Oct. 3.After more than two weeks of science operations, and now with this latest drive, the mission is back to business. The team plans to drill a new target later this week.Curiosity's engineering team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory continues to diagnose the anomaly on the Side-B computer.Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, commanded the agency's Curiosity rover to switch to its second computer. The switch will enable engineers to do a detailed diagnosis of a technical issue that has prevented the rover's active computer from storing science and some key engineering data since Sept. 15.Like many NASA spacecraft, Curiosity was designed with two, redundant computers -- in this case, referred to as a Side-A and a Side-B computer -- so that it can continue operations if one experiences a glitch. After reviewing several options, JPL engineers recommended that the rover switch from ...

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