Opportunity Mars Rover Plagued By Flash Memory Problems, But Carries On

Opportunity's robotic arm is cast in shadow as the Mars rover explores the rim of Endeavour Crater on Sol 3,854 (Nov. 26, 2014). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Opportunity’s robotic arm is cast in shadow as the Mars rover explores the rim of Endeavour Crater on Sol 3,854 (Nov. 26, 2014). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s aging Mars rover is still struggling with Flash memory after several months of controllers trying to work around frequent resets and amnesia events, according to a recent update.

The Opportunity rover is coming up on its 11th anniversary of landing on Mars, and is busy exploring the rim of Endeavour crater, en route to a region that could have clay minerals (showing evidence of water). But the rover has been dogged by frequent memory problems that forced a reformat in September, with only partial success.

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