Happy Spring! Saw the International Space Station (ISS) flyover before dawn today, March 20, which is the first day of spring starting at 7:02 a.m. (EDT). Sky was ver clear and the constellations of summer are in full bloom in the sky.
As I expected, Curiosity exited "Safe Mode" yesterday and is just a few short days away from resuming full science operations which is very good news indeed.
Curiosity will stay on Computer B side and use the Computer A side as a back up. The change over occurred Feb 28.
The nuclear powered lab-rover should start science ops be week's end. Other operations include preparing for a moratorium on commands sent from Earth in April as Mars will be passing behind the Sun and the JPL team does not want to take a chance on commands getting garbled by the Sun.
Read More About It: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-104
Sky Guy in VA
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