Glitch on Curiosity rover traced to drill mechanism

March 7, 2015 1:51 AM

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Officials are assessing how to adjust operations to collect future rock core samples with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover after identifying its drill as the likely source of a short circuit that stopped the rover’s movement in late February.

The rover ran into the problem Feb. 27 as it tried to transfer a drill sample to its on-board instruments for analysis. Curiosity’s fault-protection software automatically detected the glitch — described by NASA as a fluctuation in an electrical current — and halted movement of the robotic arm, whic...

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