Mars Rover Back In Action After Computer Problems

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File photo of Mars rover Curiosity when it was still in the NASA labs (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

File photo of Mars rover Curiosity when it was still in the NASA labs (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

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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 perform 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. But this one is 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.

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