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Curiosity collects first bedrock sample

Posted on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 9 February, 2013, 21:45
Simulation of Martian Bedrock DrillingThis animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called "John Klein."Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech› Curiosity's mission site › Related storySource: NASA - Multimedia
Comment icon #2 Posted by Major Payne on 10 February, 2013, 23:54
Thanks Waspie.....Excellent post
Comment icon #3 Posted by ad hoc on 13 February, 2013, 0:06
Almost makes the surface of Mars feel more mundane, seeing something as familiar as a couple of small drill holes. *Now we've given Mars a good drilling, who's next?* ;P Btw it's pretty cool curiosity has that much potential life left in it. Hopefully plenty of discoveries to come. And a few planks of wood.


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