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Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover starts drilling again

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Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:42 PM by AlexMuller

The US space agency's Curiosity Mars rover has drilled another hole on the Red Planet. It is almost a year since the robot last turned the power tool in the ground. The vehicle has since travelled more than 5km (three miles) as it heads towards the mission's primary target - the foothills of the huge mountain that dominates Mars’ Gale crater.

 
The rock drill was spun at a scientific waypoint known as "The Kimberley". New pictures sent back to Earth on Wednesday, taken by the rover’s Mahli “hand lens”, show a sharply defined hole surrounded by a pile of grey powder. Before turning the tool, the robot had been commanded to examine several rock targets with all its survey instruments.
 
Scientists and engineers must now assess the qualities of the powder produced. If past practice is followed, this will have been a test. Assuming it has gone satisfactorily, the rover will then acquire a second drill sample for ingesting in the robot's on-board laboratories.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-01
+3
Great progress for the NASA mission and its Mars rover - it is important to be able to analyse Mars samples at the place where these are made as so far samples from asteroids found on Earth could be contaminated Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-01
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Mars is bound to produce surprises and now with the interest in the red planet increasing we will have more and more mysteries but hopefully also more solutions Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-01
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Recently, a mysterious rock appeared in front of the Opportunity rover and was “like nothing we’ve ever seen before” - the new rock had “appeared” without any explanation on an outcrop which had been empty just days earlier.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-01
+2
I think that, when the camera wasn't watching, a little martian just put it there... Reply
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