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."
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