Curiosity stops transmitting science data
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