Call The Geek Squad: Mars Curiosity Rover Hit With Memory Issue

As if Mars wasn't a hostile enough environment already, now it's come to light that computer glitch-causing radioactive energy might be flying around. That's one theory as to why NASA was forced to put the Curiosity Rover into safe mode this week, at least.

When Curiosity's A-side computer experienced a memory issue and failed to send some data back to Earth on Feb. 27, NASA switched on the B-side computer and set to troubleshooting. Thank goodness they had a backup, right?

In an interview with Space.com NASA's Curiosity Project Manager Richard Cook said that it could take as long as a week to get everything working again. He said the memory glitch could have been caused by radioactive "high-energy particle," and that they're looking into it.

Here's hoping the little fella recovers swiftly. You never know what could be up there with it.

Don't flip out: I just flipped over to my B-side computer while the team looks into an A-side memory issue [Twitter via Ars Technica]


Comments

    Have they tried to turn it off then on again??

    Have they unplugged all of the cables and plugged them back in again?

    Are they using Windows? guess they should of installed linux :)

    Hmmm, looks like they might need to call tech support :|

    Can it run Crysis?

      No, Marvin tried, that's what broke it :p bazinga

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