While the NASA's Curiosity rover is getting back to work after an two weeks ago., there's one wheeled machine that's still kicking.
Mars fans first suspected something was up when mission updates went silent and no new raw images appeared on the rover site for a week. that the rover experienced a "hiccup during boot-up" and went into a protective safe mode.
The news was worrying, but NASA successfully rebooted the rover many times and declared it to be in good working condition. A mission update issued on Thursday says the rover is now "back in action."
Curiosity is checking out an intriguing outcrop nicknamed "Midland Valley" in the Gale Crater. The science team is planning a closer look at a "beautiful chunk of rock" spotted by the rover. Curiosity is also transmitting fresh raw images taken this week.
"The engineering team is working hard to understand the issue that occurred on sol 2320, and upcoming plans will be dedicated to diagnostic activities," writes rover team member and planetary scientist Melissa Rice.
The mysterious boot-up issue is just the rover's latest challenge. It survived aand is managing some caused by the rough Mars landscape.
Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 and will have to run for quite a few more years to match the longevity of its.