Curiosity rover enters precautionary safe mode

Curiosity rover enters precautionary safe mode
This May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp's "Naukluft Plateau." The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is taking steps to return the rover to full activity following a precautionary stand-down over the Fourth of July weekend.

Curiosity is now communicating with ground controllers and is stable. The rover put itself into safe mode on July 2, ceasing most activities other than keeping itself healthy and following a prescribed sequence for resuming communications.

Engineers are working to determine the cause of safe-mode entry. Preliminary information indicates an unexpected mismatch between camera software and data-processing software in the main computer. The near-term steps toward resuming full activities begin with requesting more diagnostic information from Curiosity.

Curiosity has entered three times previously, all during 2013.

The rover landed in Mars' Gale Crater in August 2012. During its first year on Mars, the mission achieved its goal by determining that, more than 3 billion years ago, the region offered fresh-water lakes and rivers with environmental conditions well-suited to supporting microbial life, if life has ever existed on Mars. In continuing investigations, the mission is learning more about the ancient wet environments and how and when they evolved to drier and less habitable conditions.

NASA last week approved an additional two-year extension, beginning Oct. 1, 2016, for the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which developed and operates Curiosity.


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Jul 07, 2016
It saw something! Let's hope something didn't see it, or at least it's not robonivorous.

Jul 07, 2016
It saw something! Let's hope something didn't see it, or at least it's not robonivorous.
Yeah. It saw a nun standing on a rock ledge.
http://mars.jpl.n...DXXX.jpg

Thats why it went into safe mode. I know I always do when I see a nun.

Jul 07, 2016
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Jul 07, 2016
Probably got shocked.

Jul 07, 2016
Yeah. It saw a nun standing on a rock ledge.
http://mars.jpl.n...DXXX.jpg

That looks more like one of these..
http://comicvine....-656193/

yep
Jul 07, 2016
Looked more like a Jawa to me, which would also explain the default to safe mode.

yep
Jul 07, 2016
Right there with you Anti
http://www.starwa...ank/jawa

Jul 08, 2016
Looks like a Mars puffin to me. Everyone knows Mars puffins' home is Mars.

Jul 08, 2016
Either that, or a toddler playing Darth Vader there.

yep
Jul 08, 2016
Oh, just post whatever horse shit your selling and don't even remotely try to look like you're commenting on the article!

Waiter! He'd like some cheese with that white whine.


You on the other contribute so much worthwhile content...oh I'm sorry that's not true mostly you bitch about how other people are stupid, but you forget " we see things not as they are but we are "

Jul 13, 2016
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