Curiosity Performs Warm Reset

An artist’s impression of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has released a status update for Curiosity, reporting that the Mars rover performed a ‘warm reset’ on November 7th. The reboot occurred while Curiosity was sending data to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and in the middle of a week-long software update for the rover.

A warm reset happens when operational problems are identified by the rover, and its the first it has been performed during the mission. Since the reset, Curiosity has been functioning as expected, but the mission team is now trying to determine what caused the reset.

Curiosity is performing investigations on Mars that will help astrobiologists understand whether or not the planet was once capable of supporting life as we know it.

For more information, view the original press release from NASA JPL.