NASA Mars Rover in Safe Mode; Science Halted

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, have been put on hold, as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer.

NASA says the car-size rover is in "safe mode." In this state, Curiosity suspends science activities but is still in contact with Earth.

Engineers discovered a problem with Curiosity's flash memory earlier this week and switched to its backup computer.

Curiosity landed last summer in Gale Crater near the Martian equator, to examine whether environmental conditions were favorable for microbes. It recently drilled into a rock and transferred a pinch of powder to its on-board laboratories, to study the chemical makeup. It won't be able to finish the analysis until its systems are back to normal.

The link below takes you to the official NASA story on the Mars Rover "Curiosity."

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