NASA forced its Curiosity rover to use its backup ‘brain’ after it started acting up
NASA has had a recent run of incredible success with its Mars missions. The possibly-now-dead Opportunity rover has already managed to outlast its expected lifespan by well over a decade, and the Curiosity rover recently relearned how to drill rocks to overcome a potentially devastating setback. Now, to ensure its streak of success isn't halted, NASA has commanded the Curiosity rover to switch "brains" in order to diagnose some peculiar behavior on the part of the robot.
In a new post, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains that it instructed Curiosity to switch over to its backup computer so that engineers can get a better handle on a very strange issue. Recently, the rover has been failing to store "science and key engineering data," and switching to its backup computer might help NASA figure out why.
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NASA forced its Curiosity rover to use its backup ‘brain’ after it started acting up originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 10:20:20 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.