The robot, which is analysing rock samples on the red planet, is now running from a back-up computer.
“You can still get high-energy particles that can cause the memory to be corrupted. It certainly is a possibility and that’s what we’re looking into.”
The timing of the glitch would frustrate Nasa as Curiosity had just begun analysing rock samples, the BBC’s science correspondent, Jonathan Amos, said.
Samples from Mars‘ surface had been ingested into the rover’s on-board laboratory last month.
Our correspondent added that the back-up computer on the rover had previously been used to test software updates before they were installed on the main machine.
Due to capacity limitations on the craft, the rover launched with only the software needed to land. Once on the planet, new software had to then be installed remotely.
Source: BBC NEWS