Mars Curiosity Rover Back To Sending Photos Home

After some downtime, Curiosity is back to sending information and photos from Mars

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer

We've been following the photographs from the Mars Rover with intense excitement ever since Curiosity touched down last August — and now, after a few days of delays and shut downs, everyone's favorite Martian explorer is sending back photographs again. The last week or so has seen a number of computer problems that have prevented Curiosity from being up to much. According NBCNews, Curiosity was hit by a minor memory failure, was stood down during a solar storm, and then recently was put in a precautionary safe mode due to software problems.

But the Rover is now up and running again, and this photo was taken on March 23rd, Earth time, and was assembled and colorized by Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo at the Unmanned Spaceflight forum.

Unfortunately, we're about to hit another dry spell of info from Curiosity, as the Sun passes between Earth and Mars. To prevent information from being corrupted, communication between us and the red planet will be significantly reduced from April 4 to May 1. The Rover will still be at work during this period, but won't be sending or receiving much in the way of information. But hopefully we'll see a large amount of information once the communication channels are clear.

To keep up with all the images coming back from Curiosity, check out the dedicated NASA image site (and if you want to know the current date on Mars, there's a clock on the main page.)