NASA’s Curiosity rover landed in 2012 in the Gale Crater on the Red Planet, and since then it has been in a continuous exploration for clues about the past and subsequent evolution of the planet. The Mars rover has been investigating the central peak within Mars’ Gale Crater, Mount Sharp (aka. Aeolis Mons), since 2014. Its goal was to learn more about the warm, watery past of Mars, and even signs of past alien life on Mars, maybe.
This year on 15th of February (Sol 2320), mission controllers were a bit scared by Curiosity because it automatically entered safe mode due to suffering a technical glitch. As of 28th of February, Thursday, luckily, the science team behind curiosity reported that after running a series of checks after getting the rover back online, it is finally in good shape and ready to resume what he left undone.
NASA works on finding out the reasons why Curiosity rover faced technical glitches on Mars
The rover spent a few days in safe mode, but after that, he was brought back online on the 19th of February on Tuesday. The engineering team of the mission booted up the rover afterward 30 times to make sure the repetition of the technical issue is prevented. In addition to that, throughout last weekend, the team and the rover changed technical data. This way, they hoped to find what was causing the issue.
The deputy project manager of Curiosity, Steven Lee, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA explained in a NASA press release that they are still not sure of the exact cause of the issue and that they have not stopped gathering relevant data for analysis. The rover has operated normally since the one-time computer reset which is a good sign. At the moment, they are analyzing everything, so the cause of the issue is found and adequately solved.