NASA to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix ‘amnesia’ fault

1 January 2015ScienceTechnology

BBC News:

Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, NASA has said.

The six-wheeled vehicle – not to be confused with Curiosity, which launched in 2011 – keeps resetting unexpectedly.

The Opportunity team thinks an age-related fault affecting the flash memory used by the robot is to blame.

It is hard enough to diagnose and fix computer problems when the machine is sitting on a desk just a few feet away. It’s quite another thing to do all that when the ‘computer’ is many millions of kilometres away. Impressive stuff.