Headlines > News > Mars Orbiter Resumes Science Observations

Mars Orbiter Resumes Science Observations

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:12 am
Share
More share options
Tools
Tags

PASADENA, Calif., (NASA) — NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining Mars again with its scientific instruments after successfully transitioning out of a precautionary standby mode triggered by an unexpected June 3 rebooting of its computer.

Engineers brought the spacecraft out of the standby mode on June 6. Cameras and other scientific instruments resumed operation June 9.

http://jpl.nasa.gov/images/mro/20081126/mro-concept-browse.jpg
Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars in 2006 and has returned more data about the planet than all other Mars missions combined.

The June 3 rebooting resembled a Feb. 23 event on the spacecraft. Engineers are re-investigating possible root causes for both events. The new investigation includes reconsidering the likelihood of erroneous voltage readings resulting from cosmic rays or solar particles hitting an electronic component.

Feel free to discuss this article in the forum… or chat…

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use