The orbiter is expected to make a full recovery.
The Mars rover Curiosity, also known as the Science Laboratory, will launch in late 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
In this space wallpaper, a computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, also called the Mars Science Laboratory, is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. See how the Curiosity rover works in this SPACE.com infographic.
The chief scientist for NASA's next Mars rover is taking a handful of journalists out to California's Death Valley.
NASA officials hope the Curiosity rover helps convince lawmakers to fund planetary science more generously.