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Sunday August 31, 2014

Mars Rover to get Flash Memory Refresh Remotely from Earth

Think you have problems when you have to drive to your mom's house to reinstall Windows? Mars Rover "Opportunity" is exhibiting software trouble after 11 years of service so NASA is reflashing the onboard memory remotely. And I used to complain about the lag when I'd remote into a server over a satellite connection. big grin

Preparations include downloading to Earth all useful data remaining in the flash memory and switching the rover to an operating mode that does not use flash memory. Also, the team is restructuring the rover's communication sessions to use a slower data rate, which may add resilience in case of a reset during these preparations.

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