Mars Phoenix continues to dig and bake, but has memory overrun

The Phoenix explorer on Mars continues to bake the soil samples it’s dug up but no signs of water (or anything else interesting) have been reported yet. It’s been digging in some new spots, too.

Yesterday NASA noticed that Phoenix generated an unusually large amount of“housekeeping data”, though. Housekeeping data is information Phoenix stores about the files and data it’s storing, and it has a high priority. For some reason they don’t yet understand, Phoenix generated a lot of it yesterday; so much that there wasn’t room for all the new scientific data (mostly photos the probe took) and some of it was “pushed out”. Phoenix appears to be working fine, and nearly all the photos can be re-taken, but scientists are concerned until they can figure out what’s causing all the housekeeping data.