Curiosity Mars Rover is Back in Action!

After feeling an electrical surge in the drilling instrument last month, the Curiosity rover has once again picked up and continued its journey toward mount Sharp in the Gale Crater.

Map of the rover’s path from September 2014 to March 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

On Wednesday, the rover finished transporting recently drilled material from it’s robotic arm to instruments on the rover’s body, before driving 33 feet on Thursday.  The short circuit occurred on February 28th, and since then the mission team has been running tests to ensure everything was okay before resuming operations.

The short circuit was caused by the percussive function of the rock drill on the rover’s robotic arm, and as the rover continues operations, mission engineers will try to determine precautions to take during future drilling operations.

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