Sunday, May 29, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Mars rover uses drill tool for the first time


Posted on Monday, 4 February, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: NASA

 
Curiosity's latest endeavor is designed to make sure that the complex drilling mechanism is working.

While previous rovers have been able to scrub the surface of rocks, Curiosity is the first to come equipped with tools capable of actually drilling down in to the stone. To check that everything is working as it should, NASA scientists used the drill tool for the first time to hammer in to a flat slab of rock and took photographs of the result. To their relief, so far things appear to be operating correctly.

"The drilling is going very well so far and we're making great progress with the early steps," said project scientist Prof John Grotzinger. "The rock is behaving well and it looks pretty soft, so that's encouraging."

"The Mars rover Curiosity has used its drill system for the first time."

  View: Full article |  Source: BBC News

  Discuss: View comments (9)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Frank Merton on 3 February, 2013, 14:18
All these gyrations sure do bring out the difficulties involved when you don't have people there. Look at what it takes just to drill a little way into a hole.
Comment icon #2 Posted by AsteroidX on 3 February, 2013, 14:34
I expected the dust to be redder TBH.
Comment icon #3 Posted by the L on 3 February, 2013, 19:53
I cant wait to see humans on Mars. Maybe discovering ancient civilization on it. And Im sure that one day Mars will be our colony.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 4 February, 2013, 16:28
You know, I read somewhere, perhaps here by Waspie or on NASA's website(not sure) that there is a concern with drilling. Something about the vibration either snapping the drill bit, or vibrating loose some of the rovers electronics. NASA became aware of this, but apparently too late before lift-off, so the engineer's reinforced some of the electrical connections to try and mitigate excessive vibration from causing serious problems. Maybe someone else here can clarify this.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Major Payne on 4 February, 2013, 23:29
The next stage is to use the rotary drill to create a circle of powder (basically powdered rock). Hopefully they can then test this in the chemical analysis chamber in curiosity. This will be a first for any rover on Mars.
Comment icon #6 Posted by highdesert50 on 5 February, 2013, 13:24
A self-sustained colony on Mars would be a worthy goal, certainly for the scientific value, but for the sustainment of civilization for that time when the Earth is scourged by pestilence or natural disaster. It would be interesting if the drilling were to identify water. Certainly that would be the impetus to drive manned exploration and colonization.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 5 February, 2013, 13:38
Unless we can find a pocket of breathable air inside a Mars mountain, we are talking about a massive undertaking to put a colony on Mars. Fully contained buildings, air generators/scrubbers, etc. Probably similar isssues to underwater labs except possibly needing radiation shielding unstead for protection from ocean pressures.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 February, 2013, 19:36


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
5-28-2016
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time.
Flintstones car issued with a parking ticket
5-28-2016
A real-life version of Fred Flintstone's vehicle was slapped with a parking ticket in Key West this week.
Dr Heimlich performs the Heimlich manoeuver
5-28-2016
The man who invented the anti-choking technique has for the first time used it himself to save someone.
Government study finds cellphone-cancer link
5-27-2016
The findings suggest that exposure to cellphone radiation may cause brain and heart cancers in rats.
Other news in this category
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
Posted 5-28-2016 | 11 comments
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time....
 
Scientists find evidence of tsunamis on Mars
Posted 5-20-2016 | 8 comments
New evidence has suggested that Mars may have once experienced frequent and destructive tidal waves....
 
Mars methane spike 'not a seasonal event'
Posted 5-18-2016 | 8 comments
A mysterious spike of methane picked up by the Curiosity rover two years ago has yet to reoccur....
 
NASA invests in eight new sci-fi technologies
Posted 5-16-2016 | 11 comments
The US space agency will be attempting to turn several more futuristic technology concepts into reality....
 
Dwarf planet is third largest in solar system
Posted 5-12-2016 | 15 comments
Despite being comparable in size to Pluto and Eris, this enigmatic world has yet to even be given a name....
 
NASA announces discovery of 1,284 exoplanets
Posted 5-10-2016 | 14 comments
The incredible new haul has more than doubled the total number of known extrasolar worlds to over 3,200....
 
NASA to make Kepler announcement tomorrow
Posted 5-9-2016 | 33 comments
The space agency will be revealing the latest findings of its Kepler Space Telescope tomorrow afternoon....
 
Three new Earth-sized planets discovered
Posted 5-3-2016 | 12 comments
Astronomers have identified three new terrestrial worlds around a relatively close 'ultracool' star....
 
NASA reveals telescope's giant golden mirror
Posted 4-30-2016 | 17 comments
The impressive gold-coated mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope has been revealed in all its glory....
 
'Space umbrella' could stop global warming
Posted 4-28-2016 | 25 comments
Scientists have been exploring ambitious new ways to effectively cool, rather than to warm up the planet....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ