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NASA Says Mars Rover Curiosity Will Temporarily Switch 'Brains'

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NASA announced on Wednesday that the Curiosity rover will be using its backup brain while engineers investigate its recently developed inability to store some types of data.

NASA announced on Wednesday that the Curiosity rover will be using its backup brain while engineers investigate its recently developed inability to store some types of data.  "Like many NASA spacecraft, Curiosity was designed with two, redundant computers -- in this case, referred to as a Side-A and a Side-B computer -- so that it can continue operations if one experiences a glitch,"the agency noted. "After reviewing several options, [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] engineers recommended that the rover switch from Side B to Side A, the computer the rover used initially after landing."  Outside of its memory problems, the rover is said to be in good health.  "At this point, we're confident we'll be getting back to full operations, but it's too early to say how soon," Steven Lee of JPL, Curiosity's deputy project manager, commented.
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