NASA Thinks It Can Cure Mars Rover's 'Amnesia'
NASA believes the Mars rover Opportunity has been sending important measurements to data storage that gets wiped every time it powers down.By Cliff Judy | December 31, 2014
It's provided us with some of the most stunning ground views of a foreign planet ever taken, and that's to say nothing of the discoveries NASA scientists say the Mars rover Opportunity has made over the past 10-plus years. (Video via NASA)
But the rover that just won't stop now appears to have amnesia just as NASA says it's on the verge of some of its most exciting finds.
Nearly three weeks ago, NASA announced Opportunity was having trouble with its memory. Something was wrong with one of its seven banks of nonvolatile memory — the more permanent storage where Opportunity keeps the measurements the rover's collecting.