Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce; they’re mainly inaccessible. 

 

Peter Diamandis

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover starts drilling again

RATE THIS! +32
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.

Tags: spaceMarsNASACuriosityMars rover

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

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
+2
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
+2
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.
1 Replies
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-01
+2
I think that, when the camera wasn't watching, a little martian just put it there... Reply
Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Medicine on 2017-11-21 09:01:15
    High Incidence of PTSD Among Cancer Patients..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-11-21 08:56:02
    Human Memory Enhanced With a Brain Implant For the First.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-11-21 08:51:13
    MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-11-21 08:45:29
    Japan discovers new 50km cave in moon, raises hope for.....read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-11-20 17:24:02
    The 3 biggest threats to your Bitcoin (and 10 tips to.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Martian landscapes formed from sand 'levitating' on a little.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists detect comets outside our solar system..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Bacteria have a sense of touch..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Recurrent brain cancer: New hope with phase 1 clinical trial.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me