It was during the first weeks of February that NASA decided to give up on the long-alive Opportunity Rover, and the internet bid an awesome goodbye to one of the longest missions launched by the agency. Now, in a recent incident, NASA was worried whether it may be losing another rover — Curiosity Rover, which is now the only rover left on Mars, considering that NASA has officially pulled the plug.
The team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory was taken by scare when they found out that the Curiosity Rover had faced a problem and was not able to perform the scientific functions. The hiccup was caused during the boot up process of the rover but the team has not been able to find the specific reason behind the issue, although attempts are still happening.
“Curiosity encountered a hurdle last Friday when a hiccup during boot-up interrupted its planned activities and triggered a protective safe mode. The rover was brought out of this mode on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and is otherwise operating normally, having successfully booted up over 30 times without further issues,” read the official statement from JPL of NASA while talking about the aforesaid issue.
Officials at JPL said that they are still collecting data for analysis and that the actual problem can be found out after the proper analysis is done. It should be noted that, despite the one-time issue, the rover has been working fine since then. This means that there is nothing to worry about, even though the team would be trying to find out the specific issue down there.
As a part of the attempts to find out the major reasons for the hiccup, the JPL team would be controlling the commands sent to Curiosity. The rover would be managed in such a way that any evidence for what took place would not be tampered.