It seems like NASA’s Martian Rover is experiencing some serious technical problems.
The rover which lifted off in the month of January of 2004 spent half of a decade on the dry Red Planet. It successfully completes the initial objectives of the government space agency.
Recently, NASA informs that the rover is going through some data loss issues. The problems associated with the memory of the rover were first identified when NASA observed immediate data loss. The first incident of data loss occurred when the rover stopped working for a night.
Generally, Mission data is stored in the flash memory of the probe. The Volatile RAM transfers the data to the Mars Odyssey Satellite as soon as the rover wakes up. Unfortunately, no such data submission thing happens this time. The opportunity rover failed to regain any information or data.
A few NASA scientists believe that the long tiring Mars journey of the Rover gives birth to numerous memory problems. They think that seventh bank of flash storage is responsible for this information loss. Luckily, the rest of the six memory banks are working properly.
The Government Space Agency utilized two kinds of memory for the Opportunity Rover i.e. volatile and non-volatile. In simple words, volatile memory works merely when the rover is switch on. However, the non-volatile memory stores everything even when the rover is asleep.
Hence, the rover makes use of non volatile memory in order to save its data. Through this manner rover can secure all the precious information.