Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
In addition, more than two weeks after scientific operations, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover has made the longest drive since two months ago there was an anomaly of memory and its total distance measurement was more than 20 kilometers.
Rover is now on the Red Planet Orcadie Lake, a site where NASA previously tried to drill a gray rock.
NASA previously tried to get rock samples using these objects using the Curiosity drill. However, the rover instrument did not allow sufficient lead in order to produce sufficient samples.
On the other hand, curiosity completed a 60-meter journey to this old site.
With this latest drive, the curiosity mission has returned to business, NASA says, adding that the next drilling event will take place a little later this week.
"At this point, we are confident that we will return to full operations, but it's too early to say how soon," said Steven Lee of the JPL, Curiosity Deputy Project Manager.
Working with memory impairments, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers in California had told the rover to switch to a second computer, called the Side-A computer.
This switch will enable engineers to perform a detailed diagnosis of technical issues that prevented Rover's active computer (B side) from storing scientific and some key engineering data since September 15, NASA said.
"We are working at the beginning of Side A today, but it can take time to fully understand the root cause of the problem and develop solutions for Side B's memory.
The computer swap allows data and event records to be stored on a Side-A computer.
"We traveled last week examining Step A and preparing for a change," said Lee.
"Of course, it's possible to run a Side-A mission on a computer, if we really need it. But our plan is to switch back to Side B as soon as we can fix the problem to use more memory."