posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:37 AM
For several days, the MSL/NASA website is blocked (frozen) on the Sol 443 at 99.263 images. Is the rover down ?
Here is some published text on NASA/MSL website :
"NASA's Mars rover Curiosity experienced an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) yesterday (11/7/13) during a communications pass
as it was sending engineering and science data to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, for later downlinking to Earth. This computer reset occurred about
four-and-half hours after new flight software had been temporarily loaded into the rover's memory. At the time the event occurred, Curiosity was in
the middle of a scheduled, week-long flight software update and checkout activity."
"A warm reset is executed by flight software when it identifies a problem with one of its operations. The reset restarts the flight software into its
initial state. Since the reset, the rover has been performing operations and communications as expected. The team is currently working toward
understanding the cause of the reset and returning the rover to normal operations. This is the first time that Curiosity has executed a fault-related
warm reset during its 16-plus months of Mars surface operations."
Can somebody explain (for readers like me not specialized in computering) in clear words what is the matter (problem) ? It seems to be another (but
different) computer problem. Could it be important ?