04 Mar '13, 7pm

IT Hiccups of the Week: NASA Rover Curiosity Placed Into Safe Mode

IT Hiccups of the Week: NASA Rover Curiosity Placed Into Safe Mode

It’s been a fairly quiet week in regard to IT glitches of any major significance. That said, there were still a sufficient number of snarls, snafus and errors to interfere with work as well as generally upset, annoy and outrage a lot of people. We start off this week's review with an issue affecting NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars rover mission. NASA Curiosity Goes into Safe Mode Due to Memory Issue Responding to a problem it detected Wednesday morning with the data coming from the Mars rover Curiosity , NASA announced on Thursday that it had “switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active .” NASA said that it will shift the rover from its current “safe mode” operation to full operational status over the next few days as well as troubleshoot what is causing the “glitch in flash memory linked to the other, now-...

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