Curiosity undergoes software update to better explore the surface of Mars

Mars Curiosity rover

While you spend your weekend watching meteors streak through the sky, the Curiosity rover is undergoing what NASA describes as a “brain transplant.” Now that the rover has safely completed the flight and landing portion of its mission, it’s getting a software update to help it with the next phase — exploring the surface of Mars. The update takes four days to complete — it began on the 10th and should be complete by the 13th — and will improve the rover’s ability to both drive and use its robotic arm.

Curiosity will also have improved image processing abilities once the upgrade is complete to make it easier to see obstacles in its path. And the update won’t just be giving the rover new abilities, it will also be removing unnecessary…

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