Curiosity successfully upgraded, checking out instruments: NASA

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Seen in the updated landing, green dot showing
the rover's landing spot. PHOTO: NASA
Washington: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has said that Mars rover Curiosity has successfully undergone a 'brain transplant' and is expected to take a short test drive in about a week. 

In a four-day effort from August 10 to August 13, the main and backup computers of the rover were needed to optimize it for surface operations, and were checking the instruments it will use to explore Mars. 

It was executed by upgrading new software in it. The newly uploaded software has enhanced the rover's performance to avoid obstacles while driving and operating its strong robotic arm. 

The rover hasn't yet moved from its landing site as controllers are making sure its systems operate properly. 

'Curiosity' had made a spectacular landing in Gale Crater at 05:30 GMT (11:00 IST) on August 6 in a two-year search to find out if the red planet once hosted conditions suitable for life.
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