Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, Nasa has said.
The six-wheeled vehicle – not to be confused with Curiosity, which launched in 2011 – keeps resetting unexpectedly.
The Opportunity team thinks an age-related fault affecting the flash memory used by the robot is to blame.
It believes it has found a way to hack the rover’s software to disregard the faulty part.
It’s amazing that Opportunity is still working at all. Its sibling, Spirit sent its last communication to Earth in 2010, which was far longer than NASA’s original plans. Hopefully this fix can keep Opportunity rolling a bit longer.