Curiosity Drills Martian Sandstone

Curiosity Drills Martian Sandstone

Curiositys sandstone drill hole.jpg


The hammering drill aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has drilled two holes into the sandstone and collected samples. The drill holes can be seen at the top of the picture. The samples will be sieved and analysed aboard the rover as it travels towards its final destination of Mount Sharp. The fresh hole in the picture is 6.5cm deep and 1.6cm wide. The last rock samples that were drilled revealed evidence of an ancient lakebed and conditions suitabel for microbial life. We’ll need to wait to see what these samples will reveal about our nearest planetary neighbour and the sercets of its past.


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http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-142&rn=news.xml&rst=4136


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NASA/JPL-Caltech

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