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Short circuit halts Mars rover operations
Posted: Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 7:26 AM ET (1226 GMT)
Curiosity self portrait, June 2014 (NASA) A "transient short circuit" in the Mars rover Curiosity's robotic arm has put operations of the rover on hold while engineers assess the problem, JPL said this week. Curiosity was in the process of transferring samples it collected with instruments on the arm when it experienced the short circuit February 27, triggering fault protection software and halting operations. Engineers are studying the problem to determine exactly where the short circuit took place and how serious the problem is.
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