NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover faces increasing memory loss

After more than a decade of traversing the red planet, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is facing some problems in its old age — namely, ones with memory. According to Discovery News, the rover has been going through bouts of “amnesia” thanks to failures in its flash memory storage.

“The Opportunity rover uses two different types of memory: “volatile” and “non-volatile,” NASA project manager John Callas told Discovery News. The volatile memory is akin to a computer’s RAM, so any data stored there is wiped every time the rover shuts down. The non-volatile memory is where the important data like telemetry — the measurements the rover is collecting — is stored so that it can be accessed whenever Opportunity is powered on. The problem with the…

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