Thrilling Rock Formation on Mars. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com.

Jul 08, 2016, 06:28 AM

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Thrilling Rock Formation on Mars. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com.

Curiosity in safe mode July 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm Robert Zimmerman “For the first time in three years, Curiosity has entered safe mode. On July 2, Mars rover Curiosity ceased science operations on the slopes of Mount Sharp after a fail safe was tripped, forcing the nuclear-powered robot into a low-power “safe mode.” According to a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory report, preliminary information communicated by Curiosity suggests an “unexpected mismatch between camera software and data-processing software in the main computer” may have been the culprit and the rover’s automated systems took over, preventing any permanent damage from being caused. ‘They are in communications with the rover, and expect a full recovery.

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Balanced rock on Mars July 7, 2016 at 10:00 am Robert Zimmerman “Cool image time! Prior to going into safe mode Curiosity’s mast camera took a series of images of its surroundings, as is routine as the rover travels. Among those images was the image above, though I have cropped it and reduced its resolution to show here. It reveals a balanced rock on the horizon. It also shows, as do the other survey images, how increasingly rough the terrain is becoming that Curiosity is traveling through. “The Curiosity science team has no intention of getting too close to this rough terrain, but they do hope to get better views of this rock as they continue the rover’s journey uphill.”

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