Mars Curiosity back up and running after being offline for a week

The rover entered safe mode after problems with its camera

Mars Curiosity back up and running after being offline for a week

Photo: NASA

Everyone needs a little time for some rest and relaxation, even a robot 200 million kilometers away.

The Mars Curiosity Rover has recovered from mysteriously entering safe mode last week.

The rover put itself into that mode after noticing a problem with its software. NASA's scientists couldn't spot the problem at first, but then found there was a small issue with Curiosity's camera saving images to its internal hard drive.

Curiosity is now fully communicating with ground control again.

This isn't the first time that Curiosity has gone into safe mode since it landed on the red planet in 2012.

All other previous times happened in 2013.

NASA has expected trouble with Curiosity's camera system, building in other ways for the rover to send images back to earth, meaning we're not going to lose sight of Mars just yet.