Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problems
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments, after recovering from a computer problem.
The latest complication occurred over the weekend when the six-wheel rover entered safe mode after experiencing a software file error.
Curiosity remained in contact with ground controllers, but it can't zap rocks, snap pictures or roam around until the problem is fixed. Rover team members had expected to resume activities on Monday, but they now have to wait a bit longer - perhaps until the end of the week.
"We would definitely like to get over this and get back to doing something," said project manager Richard Cook of the Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which operates the US$2.5 billion (S$3 billion) mission.