Credit Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Except for more than two weeks of scientific work, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover spent its longest drive after experiencing anomalous memory two months ago, pushing the total odometer to more than 20 kilometers.
The Rover is now on Orcadie on Planet Red Planet, a place where NASA tried to get out of gray rock.
NASA has previously tried to get rocks samples using the Curiosity drill in those places. However, the rover instrument did not penetrate far enough in the substrate to create enough samples.
On Tuesday, Curiosity made a 60-meter ride in this old town.
With this latest drive, the Curiosity mission is again engaged in affairs, NASA quotes in a statement, adding that the next drilling event will take place some time later this week.
"At this point we are sure we will return to full operations, but it is too early to say how fast," said Steven Lee of JPL, deputy head of the Curiosity project.
Work on the problem of memory anomalies, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion (JPL) in California, ordered the rover to switch to another computer called the Side-A computer.
The switch will allow the engineers to have a detailed diagnosis of a technical problem that has prevented the active rover computer (page B) from storing scientific and some key engineering data from September 15, NASA says.
"We're currently on page A, but we'd take the time to fully understand the cause of the problem and get rid of memory solutions on page B.
Computer data transfer will allow data and events to be stored on the Side-A computer.
"We spent last week checking out Side A and preparing for replacement," Lee said.
"It's certainly possible to launch a mission on a Side-A computer, if we really need it, but our plan switches back to page B as soon as we can solve the problem in order to utilize its larger memory size."