Space + Flight

08
Mar

Curiosity Rover to Hibernate During Solar Storm

Adam Mann, writing for Wired Science:

Nothing bad is expected to happen to Curiosity but the inclement weather is occurring in the midst of other problems. On Feb. 28, the rover reported it was unable to save data to part of its memory, had stopped what it was doing, and was waiting for further instructions. Curiosity went into safe mode while engineers worked to figure out what was wrong. The exact issue is still unknown but scientists think the glitch may have been caused by radiation from space.

Curiosity has had a tough couple of weeks, underlining the fact that space exploration is difficult, even with robotic rovers.

While the mission has had a few hiccups, it’s been pretty successful so far. You can relive some of the most harrowing parts in the video below.