NASA’s Curiosity rover is back online and on the moon after mission scientists switched its ‘brain’ last month in order to solve a memory anomaly that had caused the rover to stop working properly.
For its latest drive, NASA reports Curiosity ventured out to a new site called Lake Orcadie, located some 60 meters from where the rover had remained parked.
And while sixty meters may not seem that much, mission specialists say that this is the longest Drive curiosity accomplished since issues began crippling the rover. Now, scientists know that the Alien robot on Mars’ surface is back on track and functioning properly.
“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,” wrote NASA in a statement on November 6, 2018.
“After more than two weeks of science operations, and now with this latest drive, the mission is back to business,” NASA explained.
“The team plans to drill a new target later this week,” added NASA.
When Curiosity first touched down on Mars (August 6th, 2012), it was operating with its side-A computer. However, around five years ago, the robotic explorer experienced both hardware and software malfunctions and mission specialists were forced to switch over to the Side-B computer.
Eventually, they quarantined the rover’s Side-A computer which allowed them to continue storing data and event records on it.
Mission specialists made the call to switch again last month after a memory anomaly took over the rover.
Otherwise, Curiosity appeared all healthy, says NASA.