Mars Curiosity rover drills hole in Mars for the first time – powder samples collected for testing


Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/single.php on line 11
// February 8th, 2013 // Astronomy and Space News

First hole drilled into Mars by Mars Curiosity Rover

The Mars Curiosity Rover has drilled a hole in Mars for the first time yesterday.  Curiosity used the drill at the tip of its robotic arm to drill a small .8 inch (2 centimeter) hole into the Martian rock affectionately named “John Klein”.  The so-called “mini-drill test” marked the first time Curiosity used both the hammer and rotating action of its Mars drill.  The drill pulverized the rock into powder which can then be used in sample-collection tests.  Mission Managers said in a statement:

“If the drill cuttings on the ground around the fresh hole pass visual evaluation as suitable for processing by the rover’s sample-handling mechanisms, the rover team plans to proceed with commanding the first full drilling in coming days.  The team plans to use Curiosity’s laboratory instruments to analyze sample powder from inside the rock to learn more about the site’s environmental history.”

Sources: NASA

No related articles or news found.





« « Previous Article: Facebook earns title of “Greatest Hacker Alive” after bringing much of the Internet to its knees via Facebook Connect bug     » » Next Article: World’s largest battery, capable of delivering 36 megawatts of electricity, goes online in Texas



Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/comments.php on line 46

Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/comments.php on line 46
Leave a Reply


Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/comments.php on line 49
You must be
Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/comments.php on line 49
logged in

Notice: Use of undefined constant woothemes - assumed 'woothemes' in /var/www/vhosts/localhost.localdomain/geekslop.com/main/wp-content/themes/irresistible/comments.php on line 49
to post a comment.

%d bloggers like this: