Alternative rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars

Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars

NASA’s ironman Mars rover Alternative, like your 5-yr-previous PC, is about to get reformatted. Issues have been inflicting the getting older car to reboot and scientists suspect that worn-out cells within the flash reminiscence are responsible. Alternative’s been operating for 10 years regardless of an anticipated mission lifetime of three months, so even having such issues is a bonus — and its now-defunct twin, Spirit, had an identical process in 2009. Scientists will again up the rover’s reminiscence, then ship a format command to stop the dangerous cells from being accessed. They will use a slower-than-regular knowledge price to reinstall the software program, since Mars is at present 212 million miles away and the sign will take eleven.2 minutes simply to succeed in it. NASA stated that Martian winds have stored the rover’s photo voltaic panels surprisingly clear because it hit the bottom rolling in 2004 (see the video under). As the image above from August tenth exhibits, it is nonetheless doing science and exploration like a boss.

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