Mars Rover Back in Action After Computer Problems

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again, after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems.

The six-wheel rover fired up its onboard laboratories, and analyzed a pinch of rock dust over the weekend. It had been unable to do science experiments since late last month, after experiencing a computer memory problem.

Mission managers say Curiosity will work for a week before it takes another break -- this time planned -- because the sun will block communications between Earth and Mars.

Before the computer woes, Curiosity drilled into a rock, tested the powder, and found it contained some of the chemical ingredients necessary for microbial life. There are plans to drill into another rock before setting off for a mountain later this year.

The link below takes you to NASA's explanation of restarting Curiosity.

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