NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 8:30 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem.

The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short.

The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover halted work as a precaution.

So far, there's no sign that the problem is related to a computer reboot earlier this month that put Curiosity in safe mode.

Curiosity landed in a Martian crater in August 2012 and has spent the last several months driving toward its ultimate destination, Mount Sharp.

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