Mars rover is 'back to science' after solar conjunction

NASA's Curiosity rover is soon to begin conducting science experiments again after a quiet period known as 'solar conjunction'.

This happens when Mars and Earth are on opposite sides of the sun. To avoid communications between NASA and the rover being interrupted, Curiosity was put into a kind of standby mode.

Just before this happened, around 11 days ago, the rover's Twitter account reported:

In the last few minutes, it was reported that the Curiosity rover is now ready for new commands: