Last week due to Curiosity DetectorwebsiteThere are no new original images, and some Mars fans worry that Curiosity may face the same fate as Opportunity. NASA announced on Friday that the rover had a "hiccup" at startup and entered a protection-safe mode.
The good news, however, is that NASA has successfully restarted Curiosity several times and announced that it is in good working order. The task update released on Thursday showed that the Curiosity Detector is now "returning to operation."
Curiosity is currently detecting a location in the Gale Crater called "Midland Valley." The science team is planning to look closely at the "beautiful chunks of rock" discovered by Curiosity. Curiosity also sent back the latest images taken this week.
“The engineering team is working hard to understand what is happening on the sol 2320, and the upcoming plan will be used for diagnostic activities,” wrote Curios team member and planetary scientist Melissa Rice.
The mysterious startup problem is just the latest challenge for Curiosity, which survived memory failures in late 2018 and also needed to deal with wheel damage caused by the harsh environment of Mars.