Curiosity rover out of safe mode, still recovering

Curiosity rover out of safe mode, still recovering

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers James Wong (L) and Errin Dalshaug (R) examine a full size engineered model of the Mars rover Curiosity at JPL in Pasadena, California August 2, 2012. NASA said Thursday all was well ahead of its nail-biting mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth's nearest planetary neighbor. On a two-year journey to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory and the largest and most sophisticated rover ever built, Curiosity, is set for 1:31 am August 6 (0531 GMT). AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 10:10 AM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- NASA says the Curiosity rover is returning to normal after a computer problem limited its activities.

   The space agency said Monday that the car-size rover exited safe mode over the weekend, meaning it suspends its science activities but is still in contact with Earth.

   Curiosity is now preparing to resume its science experiments -- perhaps by next week.

   Engineers still don't know what caused Curiosity's memory glitch.

   The rover was in the middle of analyzing powder from a rock it recently drilled into.

   Curiosity has been purposely taking it slow since it landed last year in an ancient crater near the Martian equator. Scientists still plan to order the rover to head toward a mountain in the middle of the crater. The trip is expected to take at least nine months.
 

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