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:
@brandonrosum I'm in Gale Crater -- it's pretty big (~96 miles, 154 km). I'm staying put during solar conjunction, then back to science
In the last few minutes, it was reported that the Curiosity rover is now ready for new commands:
I'm healthy & almost ready to resume science ops. With solar conjunction nearly over, my team plans to send new commands May 1
@ii_islander_ii Still clear, cold & dry on the Red Planet. I've continued to take weather readings during solar conjunction