NASA says that its curiosity Rover only wraps a relatively long distance to Mars, causing it to travel by turning over a 12-mile mark. The Rover is now on the Red Planet's Orcad Lake, a place where NASA previously trained a gray roof. The Space Agency looks forward to successful results this time thanks to the new sensors and the improved drilling process.
NASA's Mars team previously tried to acquire rock samples using Curiosity drilling at Orcadie and Orcade 2 lakes. The Rover instrument failed to get enough samples from both times because it was not able to get sufficiently far into the bedrock. However, more than 240 days (Mars days) have passed since then, and researchers have had time to improve the drilling method.
In addition, NASA reports that its scientists have identified three new potential boreholes where the sample can be successfully corrected. The Rover Dust Removal Tool was used to scratch the bedrock in potential targets, allowing researchers to see the surface softer.
The Space Agency notes that Curiosity made a 20-meter / 65-meter trip to the potential area today. Overall, NASA announces that Rover traveled around 197 degrees last weekend as it is the longest distance that has crossed the issue of September's memory anomaly. The NASA team had switched to Rover's computer called "Side-A" on October 3 to solve the problem.
NASA asserts that its Curiosity Rover is "back to business" and that the next drilling event takes place some time later this week. This does not mean that the Rover team ignores the problem of the Side-B computer; the Space Agency says it will continue to diagnose the problem.
The curiosity team explained on NASA Mars website that they spend today focusing on getting Rover's right point for drilling. Scientists need images that Curiosity's areas ensure that previous drilling waste has been destroyed. Experts have to finalize the final reinforcement analysis of the potential bedrock in order to determine if it will be drilled before next weekend.
While curiosity returns to its job, NASA's older Opportunity Rover will remain silent after Mars's global dust storm. Although the storm began to descend for several years, the space agency could not contact the other rover, which moved into a low-powered state in the worst part of the storm.
The heavy dust cloud had swept the Sun, so Opportunity Rover could not charge its batteries with solar energy. The Rover was designed to deal with such a situation, but NASA warned earlier that an unforeseeable thing had made Rover out of the good.
But NASA is not willing to give up on the possibilities, but says it expects and will see Mars's upcoming windy season exploding dust from Rover's solar panels. Assuming that dust prevents battery charge, a windy season may be the key to restoring Rover's full power. If no contact comes in the coming months, NASA will re-evaluate Rover's situation in January 2019 and update it.