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NASA scientists now think that the problem with Spirit is with its FLASH memory, or the software controlling it. "The rover has been upgraded from critical to serious," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager Peter Theisinger at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. FLASH memory is commonly used in many items, such as camera and MP3 players. The MER team figured the FLASH was the problem when they told the rover to reboot and use RAM. The rover then behaved normally. Fixing Spirit is not expected to slow Opportunity’s mission down.
(More info: NASA/JPL)
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