The Big Think

January 24, 2004

It Speaks

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 5:30 pm


Great news from NASA tonight. The space agency has regained positive control of the Spirit lander by putting it into what is called a “cripple mode”. Cripple mode is an operating mode where the rover does just one thing: communicate with NASA. It bypasses as much of the onboard hardware and software (and the flash-memory storage chips) and just talks to the orbiting Mars Observer (which then relays to Earth). If NASA can just get connected to the lander in this way, it can then diagnose and solve the problem. They will probably end up uploading a new set of software that either corrects the previous software fault or routes around failed hardware. YAY!

1 Comment »

  1. I was so relieved when this happened. I hope it’s smooth sailing from here..

    Comment by erin — January 25, 2004 @ 11:20 am

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