It can be pretty frustrating when you don’t know the actual reason behind why a technology you own, like smartphone, is not working like how it’s supposed to. Well, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover team is experiencing a similar kind of feeling presently.
As per a new post put up by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA, the Curiosity Mars rover faced a minor ‘glitch’ in the last week. The rover expectedly entered into a default precautionary safe mode while booting last week but was reset immediately by the engineers and now is back online and working normally. However, the reason behind the glitch still continues to be a mystery.
As the rover is a complex machine, there are several things which may go wrong. The US space agency appears encouraged with its attempt of getting the rover back online quickly, but still, it is important to learn what caused the error.
JPL’s deputy project manager Steven Lee said that the team is presently working towards taking snapshot of the robot’s memory in order to understand what may have really happened. Moreover, JPL is taking precautions and is moving things slow to prevent any kind of changes in the readings of the robot’s memory. The team wants to make sure that it does not overwrite any information accidentally which might help determine the reason behind the error.