Flash memory glitch causing problems for Opportunity

January 6, 2015 1:17 PM

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Flash memory glitch causing problems for Opportunity

Opportunity, the "Energizer Bunny" of Mars rover that was launched back in 2004, was originally expected to last only a few months. It has surprisingly managed to operate continuously for a decade and now it is apparently experiencing some short-term memory loss.

NASA revealed about it in its news release last month. The agency said that the glitches with the rover's "flash memory", which is the memory that retains data even when the power is shut off during the rover's "sleep" time, have led to persistent computer resets.

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