In connection with the passage of the Sun Mars rover Curiosity temporarily left without a connection to the Earth. Break will last until the beginning of May. At this time aboard the rover out of ten will function only two instruments - a meteorological station and REMS monitor RAD. The journalists said John Grottsinger (John Grotzinger), scientific director of the project.
"With 237 Martian days (counting from the beginning of the mission) since entering the world of the Sun was interrupted communication with the rover. Currently, the scientific team is well-earned retirement after two months of hard work", - said Grottsinger the Congress of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.
Scientists, he said, the use of a break, which is approximately 28 days for the analysis of their data and the description of the information in the articles.
In the period when the Sun Mars exactly a radio signal from the point of view of an observer on Earth "choke" interference formed by the solar corona. During this period, you can actually "hear" some fragments of radio broadcasts, but the team is very dangerous to pass, as it is impossible to predict in what form they will go on board the machine.
Grottsinger also said that in this period of time on board the rover in passive mode will continue to work dosimeter RAD (Radiation Assessment Detector), studies the radiation environment on the surface of the planet, as well as set up by Spanish scientists weather station REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), the purpose of which is to collect data on temperature, humidity and pressure on the Red Planet.