NASA puts Mars Curiosity rover into safe mode after corrupt file glitch

NASA has been forced to put the Curiosity Mars rover into safe mode after encountering a corrupted file computer glitch.

NASA has been forced to put the Curiosity Mars rover into safe mode after encountering a corrupted file computer glitch.

 
The robot's flash memory files have become damaged, resulting in the computer rebooting in a loop. NASA does not currently know how this happened, but it has launched an investigation. 
 
Early indications suggest the file corruption may have been caused by stray cosmic rays, despite the components being radiation-tolerant. NASA said there's only so much it can do to harden the hardware against high-energy particles that could corrupt the memory.
 
 NASA puts Mars Curiosity rover into safe mode after corrupt file glitch
 
Curiosity is now running on a backup computer, but it may take up to a week before NASA can configure all the files to restore it to full functionality.
 
The rover had just begun analysing rock samples it collected as part of a carefully planned drilling mission. This technology setback will likely halt those efforts until NASA can not only restore the rover to full working order, but test its various abilities to ensure everything is working as intended.
 
Curiosity landed on Mars in August of last year and has been slowly increasing the pace of its investigations of the Red Planet. NASA engineers can upload software remotely to the rover, so it should only be a matter of time before it is back in operation.
 
Source: BBC