Mars Curiosity Rover Will Resume Use Of Its Arm, NASA Officials Say

March 8, 2015 7:45 PM

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An announcement from NASA reports that the Curiosity rover is anticipated to resume use of its robotic arm probably this week. The rover encountered a transient short circuit on Feb. 27 which stopped use of its robotic arm and halted all operations until the cause and significance of the malfunction could be resolved.

Curiosity Project Manager Jim Erickson said, “Diagnostic testing this week has been productive in narrowing the possible sources of the transient short circuit. The possible cause is an intermittent short in the percussion mechanism of the drill. After further analysis to confirm that diagnosis, we ...

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