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  Preparatory Test for First Rock Drilling by Mars Rover Curiosity

Preparatory Test for First Rock Drilling by Mars Rover Curiosity
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Uploader comment: The bit in the rotary-percussion drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark in a target patch of rock called "John Klein" during a test on the rover's 176th Martian day, or sol (February 2, 2013), in preparation for the first drilling of a rock by the rover. The Sol 176 test, called the "drill on rock checkout," used only the hammering or percussive action of the drill, not rotary action.

   

 
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