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Curiosity Rover Short Circuit Shortens Work Week on Mars

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May 2014, the Mars rover selfie. (EPA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS /Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 05:57 AM

NASA engineers are investigating a short circuit that has temporarily stopped the Curiosity rover from getting its work done on Mars.

The Associated Press reported the space agency as saying on Tuesday that the electrical problem was discovered over the weekend as Curiosity tried to transfer bits of powder from a rock that it had drilled into.

The short circuit stopped the rover's robotic arm. Engineers are diagnosing the issue, and the testing is expected to take several days.

Curiosity landed in a Martian crater in 2012. Since then, it has uncovered geologic evidence of an environment that could have supported microbial life early in the planet's history.

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