The MAVEN orbiter's
main antenna is pointed toward Earth as it recovers, limiting science operations.
Navigation system glitch
has hobbled the spacecraft's ability to conduct science and study the Red Planet's atmosphere.
The MAVEN spacecraft went
into a protective "safe mode" on Feb. 22 when its vital inertial measurement units began exhibiting anomalous behavior
While in safe mode,
a spacecraft shuts down all science and awaits instructions from its flight controllers on how to recover.
NASA managed to revive
MAVEN from safe mode, but in a limited capacity. The orbiter is in a stable orbit with its primary antenna pointed at Earth
All MAVEN's science instruments
are currently online, but not all of them have been able to take data while the high gain antenna is restricted to pointing toward Earth