PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- NASA engineers temporarily powered down most of the Mars Odyssey orbiter's systems earlier this week after an anomaly was detected. After two days in its safe mode, a protective standby status, the probe is operational once again.
The anomaly was caused by an uncertainty about its geophysical positioning. The probe had lost its orientation with regard to Earth and the sun. NASA scientists reoriented the probe and rebooted its systems.