Cu­rios­ity stops trans­mit­ting science data

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The Mars Cu­rios­ity rover is out of op­er­a­tion af­ter an un­known fault caused it to stop trans­mit­ting in­for­ma­tion. The glitch was dis­cov­ered by mis­sion op­er­a­tors on 15 Septem­ber, when the rover failed to send its science data back to Earth.

The rover is still trans­mit­ting ‘real-time’ data, which con­firms that Cu­rios­ity’s hard­ware is still op­er­at­ing nor­mally. This would seem to sug­gest that the is­sue lies within the rover’s com­puter. En­gi­neers will at­tempt to iden­tify the cause of the prob­lem, and may switch to the back-up com­puter if it can­not be reme­died.

With the Op­por­tu­nity Mar­tian rover also off-line at the time of writ­ing, there are cur­rently no work­ing rovers on the sur­face of Mars.

Cu­rios­ity first had a com­puter fail­ure that led to it switch­ing to its back-up six months into its mis­sion in 2013

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