NASA has determined that the Curiosity Mars rover, who has been researching the surface of the Red Planet for some time, providing valuable information to scientists about it, will do so for two more years. Of course, provided it can be restored to life.
NASA’s Mars-based rovers have provided scientists with valuable insights into the most promising planet in our solar system, which can be inhabited by humans in the future. These studies will continue, and this will be done by Curiosity, whose mission has just been extended for another two years.
However, its condition is to restore the rover to life, because until July 2 it is in sleep mode due to detection of a fault. Curiosity is equipped with state-of-the-art computer systems, and everyone knows that the more sophisticated the systems are, the more likely they are to damage over time.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to solve the problem in the simplest possible way, ie turning off and turning on the computer, since after this operation Curiosity may no longer turn on. The safest way is to put a sleep debris, which disables most systems and software to prevent the spread of the problem.
This is exactly what happened on July 2 when a problem was detected in the software. NASA is still trying to find its cause, but the most likely thesis is the lack of co-operation between the camera software and the image processing software on the main computer. Additional diagnostics have been commissioned, and NASA engineers have made the necessary corrections.