NASA's Curiosity rover has used its drilling tool to bore in to a rock on Mars and collect samples.
The drilling targeted a rock nicknamed "John Klein" which had already been used as part of earlier preparatory operations including the creation of a shallower bore hole for testing. The new, larger bore hole represents the first to be created in the collection of rock samples. It will likely take some time for the samples to be tested using the rover's on-board science instruments.
Curiosity has now been on Mars for 182 Martian days and everything continues to run smoothly. Due to its success the rover's original two-year mission has been extended indefinitely and its nuclear-based power source could see it continue to operate on Mars for more than a decade.
"The drilling took place on February 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity's 182nd Martian day of operations."
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