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Curiosity Team Selects Second Drilling Target

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NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

PASADENA, Calif. -- The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days.

This second drilling target, called "Cumberland," lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity's drill first touched Martian stone in February. Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock, called "John Klein." The rover found evidence of an ancient environment favorable for microbial life. Both rocks are flat, with pale veins and a bumpy surface. They are embedded in a layer of rock on the floor of a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay."

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'Spring Break' Over; Commanding Resumes

Curiosity gets new software and new capabilities for the long trek to Mt. Sharp.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

› Curiosity's mission site › Related release

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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Rover Readies for Second Drilling

Curiosity prepares for a second drilling and a tutorial on the complicated choreography to get the drill sample to her instruments.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Curiosity's mission site

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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