Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

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LAKE BUENA VISTA , FL - APRIL 6: In this handout image provided by Walt Disney World Resort, a simulated Mars Rover makes tracks through red soil at Walt Disney World Resort April 6, 2004 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In a ceremony in front of the Mars-themed Mission: SPACE thrill ride at Epcot, Disney honored NASA for its exploration success on the Red Planet. The Rover tracks will be permanently affixed at the attraction. (Photo by Gene Duncan/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

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Posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 2:41 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Another problem is preventing the Mars rover Curiosity from resuming its science experiments.

   The mission's chief scientist said Monday the rover went into safe mode again over the weekend because of a computer file error. In safe mode, activities are on hold but the rover remains in contact with Earth.

   Curiosity was sidelined earlier this month after a problem with its computer memory. The team had hoped to restart experiments this week when the new problem cropped up.

   Since arriving at Gale Crater last year, Curiosity drilled into its first rock and determined the ancient environment could have supported primitive life. Scientists have planned more drilling before starting the long journey toward a mountain.

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